Two men have 'miracle' escape after their car hits tree at 90mph

Ross McGuinness
The aftermath of the 90mph crash (Picture: SWNS)

This wreckage is the mangled remains of a car that hit a tree at 90mph – and, amazingly, its occupants survived.

Driver Alexander Johnson, 23, and passenger Simon Absolam somehow emerged from the destroyed Volkswagen Golf after the high-speed crash.

Johnson, described as a “Jack the Lad” in court, lost control of his car while chasing another motorist with whom he’d had some “banter” at a McDonald’s Drive-Thru.

The two friends were left dangling upside down from their seat belts after the crash but miraculously survived.

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Police released pictures of the crash near Benson, Oxfordshire, as a warning to other drivers.

Both occupants of the vehicle survived the crash (Picture: SWNS)

Johnson admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

Oxford Crown Court heard how Johnson, a chef, had some “banter” with another motorist in a queue at McDonald’s Drive-Thru in Benson.

He then raced after the other motorist in his car,  before reaching the A4074 near the Dorchester bypass.

He swerved to overtake a vehicle at between 85 and 90mph but lost control, and ploughed into a tree with such force it severed its trunk.

Police released the photos as a warning to other drivers (Picture: SWNS)

Judge Peter Ross said Johnson had been “gambling” with the lives of innocent motorists.

The judge said: “Anyone looking at these images would wonder how on Earth did anyone get out alive.

“It is a miracle. You nearly killed yourself and your friend.

“Mercifully there was nothing coming the other way. Had there been, there would have been fatalities in both vehicles.

“The car looks like it has been through a vehicle crush.”

Johnson, from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, was also given a three-month curfew, ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work and pay £6,000 compensation.

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