A drivers last moments were captured by the police during his phone all with emergency services as he tried frantically to stop his car, which was traveling at a pace of 119 mph with the speed control locked.
As Kaushal Gandhi’s car sped down the M40 while completely out of control, it crashed into a stationary truck causing a fatal impact.
The 32-year-old man was driving a Skoda Octavia, which had a cruise control button which was locked in place and a starts/stop button which was not responsive, according to information gathered during the call to emergency services.
“I have kept pressing the button, but all it makes is a noise,” Gandhi said in the call. “My speed is increasing. I think what has happened was I tried to change the mode on the car, because I was on the sports mode. I pressed a button to come onto the normal mode and then it is not allowing me to do anything.”
The emergency response worker then asked if he had tried to apply the handbrake, to which he replied, “I am just going to check that, one second…,” at which point the person on the other end of the line saying, “Are you still there? Hello, operator, I’ve lost the line.”
The impact from the crash into the 18-ton truck caused the car’s roof to be peeled back and knocked the rear axle off of the truck. Data recovered revealed that the Skoda was travelling at 116 mph with the accelerator pedal full depressed five seconds before the crash. The driver was decapitated in the tragic crash.
Gandhi said during the eight-and-a-half terrifying phone call that the speedometer told him that he was driving 70 mph, but he could tell he was traveling much faster than that. He repeatedly attempted to turn off the engine of the car by using the start-stop button, but none of his attempts worked.
What an awful accident, and an absolute nightmare to imagine!