Near Miss of the Day 48: Rider finds lorry driver overtaking car on wrong side of road around blind corner

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Wiltshire

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series is one of the scariest we've seen, with a cyclist in Wiltshire capturing the moment he rounded a corner in a village near Trowbridge to find a lorry on the wrong side of the road coming straight at him.

Grahame Hale, who initially posted the footage to the Trowbridge Cycling Club Facebook page, was riding at 23 miles an hour according to his Strava data as he came down Common Hill in Steeple Aston on Monday.

Coming around the corner, he was confronted by the articulated lorry and barely had enough room to the left to avoid being crushed.

The lorry driver was heading towards the blind junction when he decided to move to the wrong side of the road to overtake a car, which can be seen still moving in the video.

 

Rule 167 of the Highway Code says, "DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users," with one of the examples given being when "approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road."

Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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