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Video shows near head-on after fatal crash

THIS dramatic video shows how close we came to possibly seeing a second fatal crash on the Cunningham Hwy on Sunday.

A Queensland Times reader sent the image taken from his dashboard camera.

It was captured just hours after a young woman was killed after she inadvertently drove down the wrong side of the same highway.

Amazingly this picture shows a driver in a white Mercedes doing exactly the same thing.

The man in the Mercedes seemingly ignored signage in the area and entered the highway via an off-ramp at some point further west of the location of the fatal incident.

STOP, YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY: A White Mercedes defied traffic diversions and drove from Ripley to Goodna on the wrong side of the Cunningham Hwy on Sunday morning.
STOP, YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY: A White Mercedes defied traffic diversions and drove from Ripley to Goodna on the wrong side of the Cunningham Hwy on Sunday morning. Image: Dash Cam Owners Australia

All on-ramps at Ripley and Swanbank Rd were blocked due to the earlier fatal smash.

Emergency services watched in disbelief as the vehicle passed them on the opposite side of the highway.

Inspector Dave Preston said the man was using what he believed was the left lane - in other words, he was using the fast lane for on-coming traffic.

"A B-double actually had to pull over to avoid a crash," Insp Preston said.

"I am very surprised that we didn't have another serious head-on crash on Sunday.

"It could have been horrendous - a family coming home from the coast with the kids in the back."

The driver, a 71-year-old man, continued to travel on the wrong side of the road, despite police efforts to get his attention.

STOP, YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY: A White Mercedes defied traffic diversions and drove from Ripley to Goodna on the wrong side of the Cunningham Hwy on Sunday morning.
STOP, YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY: A White Mercedes defied traffic diversions and drove from Ripley to Goodna on the wrong side of the Cunningham Hwy on Sunday morning.

He made it as far as the Ipswich Mwy at Goodna, where police had deployed a stinger, however the driver pulled over when he noticed a large build up of traffic on the opposite side of the tyre deflation device.

Police will conduct further interviews with the driver this week, and have indicated that they are considering laying charges for dangerous driving.

"It is quite concerning," Insp Preston said.

"People need to be aware that when they drive a car, they are in charge of something that is potentially a deadly weapon.

"Driving is a privilege and if people do not obey signs they are going to hurt themselves or someone else."

Police are yet to release the name of the young woman killed.

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