A car overturned on a north-east road today – then another did the same just minutes later.
Police were called to the B979 near the Newmachar Hotel at 8.25am following reports of two separate incidents.
The road was closed following the crash, but reopened at around 12.45pm
ROAD CLOSURE B979
The B979 at Newmachar is open to traffic as normal.
— NorthEastPolice (@NorthEPolice) March 21, 2019
An eyewitness, who helped both drivers out of their vehicles, said they were “very lucky” not to have been badly injured.
Business development manager Neil Ogilvie, 48, said: “I was driving on the back road near Newmachar.
“The roads were quite greasy today and a young guy in a Skoda was coming towards me.
“He lost control, clipped the verge and somersaulted two or three times in my direction.
“Thankfully it didn’t hit me though.”
Quick-thinking Neil managed to get the driver, who had already left the upside down car, into his own vehicle.
He said: “I got him into my car and made sure that he was safe.”
Just minutes later, a group of cars were coming towards the scene, when a similar crash occurred, according to Neil.
He said: “A lady in a Megane was coming down the road and she lost control as well.
“I don’t think she saw the car, and it was too late for her to be able to stop, so she went for the verge.
“Unfortunately, the same thing happened again, and her car flipped over.
“We had to help her out of the car and she was really badly shaken, but had not suffered apparent injuries.”
Neil added: “We were very lucky, there wasn’t any need for an ambulance.”
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At the time, it hadn’t hit Neil how close he had come to being struck by the first car, but it was slowly starting to sink in.
He said: “Now that I’ve got home and had a cup of tea, it’s all starting to sink in.
“It was really close to hitting me – how it didn’t I really don’t know.”
A passing police officer spotted the incident and was able to secure the scene before traffic policing units arrived