Most of us can remember that mixture of excitement and relief at passing our driving test but one man’s celebrations were cut short when his car veered off a bridge and into a river just minutes after passing his test.
The man, identified as Mr Zhang, was reading his messages of congratulations on his phone while driving when the incident happened, according to Australian news.com.
When he looked up from his phone he saw two people on the bridge and swerved out of nervousness, according to the news site.
“While I was driving, I tried to grab my phone and read some messages while two people were in front of me on the bridge. I became nervous and turned left suddenly,” Mr Zhang told local media, as per news.com.au.
The car he was in, which was newly registered, then veered off the bridge and into the river.
The incident, which happened in the city of Zunyi, in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou, Zhang, was caught on camera.
Thankfully, the man whose age isn’t known, was uninjured.
“Luckily, the car floated for a while. I couldn’t open the driver’s door so I had to kick open the door on the other side. Otherwise, I may never have got out as my hand was dislocated in the chaos,” he said, according to Unilad.
Locals helped him to safety and gave him some dry clothes and his car was later lifted out of the river. It’s unclear as to whether he’ll face any charges.
Clearly this man shouldn’t have been checking his phone while driving; this crash could have been a lot worse and he was very lucky.
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