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Driver has miracle escape after walking away unharmed from crash at Vauxhall dealership that damaged two cars

  • Driver walks away without injuries after crash at Sonning Common Vauxhall
  • Collision saw used Mokka and Corsa damaged as well as security posts at dealership
  • Police refuse to comment on whether the driver is being investigated

Time 8:33 am, April 1, 2022

A reckless driver had a miracle escape after walking away unharmed from a dramatic crash at a Vauxhall dealership, which saw two used vehicles damaged.

The incident occurred at Sonning Common Vauxhall in Oxfordshire when a Volkswagen Golf lost control at about 3.30pm on March 26.

The driver careered off the road and smashed his way through several of the dealership’s security posts before hitting two cars for sale.


A £16,000 Corsa and a £17,000 Mokka both suffered damage in the collision as well as a public road sign and a telegraph poll.

Amazingly, considering the scale of destruction, the driver was able to get out of the car and did not suffer any injuries.

Paul Mullin, the dealership’s sales director, said it had been a ‘miracle’ that no one was hurt, the Henley Standard reports.

He described how those working at the time heard a loud bang and rushed outside to see what had happened.


He said: ‘I wasn’t there at the time but there were two salespeople. After it happened, I got a call from them asking me to come in. They didn’t see it happen but they did hear one hell of a bang.

‘Thankfully, none of our customers or staff were looking at a car on the forecourt at the time. Everyone was very lucky.

‘It was a miracle no one was hurt. The driver told us what he was doing but what he was really doing was probably slightly different.

‘He has damaged some of our security posts and a couple of our cars.’

Both the Corsa and the Mokka were used cars and the director is unsure of whether they are repairable.

Police attended the scene but the dealership remained trading and enjoyed a successful afternoon.

Mullin added: ‘Both were used cars and I don’t know whether they can be repaired but it will all be in the hands of our insurers and we have to wait to hear from them.

‘The police attended, as did the highways authority, as the car knocked over the village library sign and a telegraph pole.

‘One of our customers, who couldn’t get on the forecourt because of all the debris, parked over the road and we actually sold them a car while the investigation was going on.

‘That evening we removed the damaged cars and cleared up all the debris from the forecourt and we traded as normal the next day.’

Thames Valley Police refused to comment when approached.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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