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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:45 pm 
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Just heard of a tragic accident on the M23 in the UK...a local car buff (Ron Carey) from Calgary Canada was tragically killed while driving a vintage car on the London to Brighton rally....don't have any other details at the moment.
He will be sadly missed here as Ron was a huge figure in the local vintage car club and big supporter of our Vintage Car Museum.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:51 pm 
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It's all over the press here.

It appears that he made a wrong turn and ended up on the M23 Motorway. He was thrown from the vehicle after it collided with an HGV.



https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/t ... li=BBoPWjQ


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:12 pm 
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Looks like he was on the wrong side of the road too but difficult to tell from the mangled mess in the nbewspapers


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:13 pm 
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Peter Laidler wrote:
Looks like he was on the wrong side of the road too but difficult to tell from the mangled mess in the nbewspapers



Oh dear!!!! Sounds like it was a horrible accident.....Ron was a wonderful car guy...sad!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:17 pm 
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Very sad indeed.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:19 pm 
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mk1 wrote:
Very sad indeed.

Mark, do we know if his wife was in the car at the time of the accident???


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:26 pm 
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Yes she was. She was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries & is currently in a "Stable" condition.

Culled from Daily Telegraph.

Aclassic car motorist has died during the London to Brighton rally following a collision with a lorry, as race organisers have been criticised for the lack of safety stewards.

The 80-year-old motorist was driving a 1903 "Old Porcupine" veteran car when he was hit by a heavy goods vehicle on the M23 motorway.

The driver was declared dead at the scene and his elderly woman passenger, believed to have been his wife, was airlifted to St. George's Hospital, Tooting, suffering from serious head injuries. It is understood that she was not aware of her husband's death.

The crash happened at the junction of the A23 and the M23. It is thought that the elderly man may have accidentally taken the wrong turn, away from the rally's devised route, and entered the motorway.

Local resident Jocelyn Gregory, who witnessed the crash, said it was an accident "that did not need to happen".

Speaking to the Telegraph, she said: "There were not clear enough signs at the junction. If you are not familiar with the area, then it is an easy mistake to make. It was not organised properly. It is a huge junction. There should have been stewards.

"When the lorry hit, they flew up into the air. It was awful. I am not sure how the other passenger was still alive."

Police, paramedics and fire crews rushed to the southbound carriageway of the M23 near junction seven, the turning to Hooley, Surrey, after the collision happened at about 10am today.

The London to Brighton car run - which describes itself as "the world's longest running and greatest motoring celebration” - started from Clapham, London, today and does not take in the motorway network.

A spokesman for the event said: “We can confirm that the car involved in this morning’s tragic incident on the M23 had been entered in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

“The car had left the route, which does not include the M23 where the collision took place.

“We are doing all we can to support the family concerned and are working with the police, but we cannot comment any further at this stage.”

The car involved in the accident is an eight horsepower car with one cylinder which was air cooled. The vehicle was known by its makers as "the car that never drinks" because it was air cooled rather than water-cooled.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: "We can confirm that a man has sadly died following a collision on the southbound carriageway of the M23 near J7 Hooley.

"The collision, involving a car (1903 Knox Runabout Old Porcupine) and an HGV, took place around 10:00am.

"The driver of the car, an 80-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the collision and a female passenger has been taken to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries. Police have notified the man's next of kin.

"The road has been closed in both directions and will remain so while we investigate the incident and enable the motorway to reopen. Anyone who witnessed the collision, or with any information which could assist our inquiries including dashcam footage, is asked to contact us on 101.”

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:27 pm 
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mk1 wrote:
Yes she was. She was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries & is currently in a "Stable" condition.

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Thanks for the update mark.....just awful news to wake up to!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:32 pm 
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There was also this nasty accident on the London Brighton run at Reigate Hill, Surrey a couple of years ago involving a 1902 Benz :-
Six injured in London to Brighton Veteran Car Run crash:-
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-41879353


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:22 pm 
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Awful accident, from a genuine mistake, and it's being sensationalised as a race.


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