Driver­less car rolls onto A-31 mo­tor­way from petrol sta­tion

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Dave Jones A MO­TORIST had the shock of his life as he watched his car roll away to the A-31 mo­tor­way as he paid for his fuel at a ser­vice sta­tion in Mon­forte del Cid.

The emer­gency ser­vices sus- pect that the driver had for­got­ten to se­cure the hand­brake and his ve­hi­cle ran down the slope to the busy high­way which was full of traf­fic at 13.00 on Mon­day.

The petrol sta­tion is sit­u­ated just off the mo­tor­way – close to the border with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Novelda – at kilo­me­tre 216 of the road which links Ali­cante with the cap­i­tal.

An HGV which was trav­el­ling in the slow lane to­wards Madrid smashed into the un­manned car and shunted it into a ditch next to the hard shoul­der. For­tu­nately no one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent, although long tail­backs were regis­tered as Guardia Civil traf­fic of­fi­cers ar­rived to deal with the col­li­sion.

Fire­men from the Vi­nalopó brigade also ar­rived at the scene as a pre­cau­tion, but their ser­vices were not needed as the of­fi­cers had es­tab­lished that no one was trapped in­side the ve­hi­cle. The in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the traf­fic po­lice.

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