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Three car pileup on Wakehurst Parkway under investigation

Four people are lucky to be alive after a vehicle travelling on Wakehurst Parkway at Frenchs Forest smashed into two other cars travelling in the opposite direction earlier this month.

The driver of one of the vehicles, 20-year-old Amelia Thomas, has told Manly Observer about the ordeal.

Amelia said that she was travelling along the road at about 5pm on Saturday 17 December when she noticed a vehicle heading straight towards her from the other side of the road.

The crash scene on 17 December 2022.

“We were driving at about 80 on Wakehurst Parkway maybe a little bit slower, when we saw about 40 metres away a car drifting towards us into our lane and I had to quickly turn to the left onto the curb otherwise I would’ve gone head first with him,” Ms Thomas said.

“He’s clipped the side and clipped the back as well and we’ve spun out for about 150 metres. Thankfully we were in an all-wheel-drive or the car would’ve flipped.

“The whole car got written off. The wheel came off the car and the whole side of the car got ripped off.

Ms Thomas’ friend, a 35-year-old man, was travelling behind her but was not so lucky.

“He (the other driver) clipped us and slowed down the impact but gone full head on collision with our friend. We are lucky to still be alive. It’s one of those things where we should’ve died in that situation.”

“I think the guy must’ve had a blackout…or something as he kept on accelerating.”

The 35-year-old male driver of one of the vehicles was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The driver of the swerving car– a 74-year-old man – was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with minor injuries.

NSW Police told Manly Observer that they are investigating the cause of the crash.

“Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command secured a crime scene that was examined by specialist officers from the Crash Investigation Unit. As inquiries continue, anyone with dashcam footage, CCTV or information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

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