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Heart-stopping moment two cars narrowly avoid crashing head-first into each other on Orkney road

THIS is the heart-stopping moment two cars narrowly avoided crashing head-first into each other.

Dash cam footage caught the dramatic moment a white BMW came within inches of a dark coloured VW golf.

Dash cam footage caught the car attempting to overtake a lorry on an Orkney road

Dash cam footage caught the car attempting to overtake a lorry on an Orkney road

Posted online by Dave Neil, a business owner on Orkney, the shocking video has been watched by more than 6,500 social media users.

The terrifying moment was filmed on a rural road between Holm Village and Orkney’s capital Kirkwall earlier this year.

At the start of the short clip, the dash cam shows the lorry travelling along the quiet road in the evening.


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As it approaches a blind summit, the VW Golf can be seen without any lights on in the distance.

A white BMW 3 Series is then seen overtaking the lorry on the right hand side, clearly unaware of the on-coming car.

The BMW carries on in the right hand lane before suddenly swerving out of the way and veering back into the correct lane the BMW almost loses control as the VW is seen pulling right over the white line and into the verge on the opposite side.

The BMW catches sight of the oncoming VW golf at the last second

The BMW catches sight of the oncoming VW golf at the last second

Lorry owner Dave has said he began using dash cams after being involved in near miss incidents before.

Dave said: “I was surprised how close that was. I have a camera fitted in my own car now.

“Obviously I run an island here, I’ve got three artic trucks and four Sprinter vans.

“I do have drivers from time to time telling me about near misses, and we stuck camera’s to drivers cars.

“There’s a 40mph limit on trucks, so they’re used to cars overtaking them but driver Mike was quite surprised how near a miss it was.”

The driver only manages to miss the other car by inches

The driver only manages to miss the other car by inches

The number of deaths on Scotland’s roads has increased this year by 14% on last year.

According to Government statistics 191 people are said to have died, 1,693 people have been seriously injured and up to 12 children have been killed in road accidents last year.

Increasing driver safety in Orkney has been a priority for the Orkney Islands council who have laid out plans in their road safety strategy 2016-2020 to combat deaths and accidents on the road.

Dave added: “I understand the police response can be slow, I don’t know if i’ll get any feedback or not.

“There’s no real way of identifying the car, apart from the make, so there’s not a lot for the police to work on.

“People are taking a chance that they won’t get caught. Education is important to prevent these things happening in the future.”

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