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Dramatic video of Mazda smash on A2 near Canterbury posted on YouTube

A dashboard camera has captured the dramatic moment a £20,000 sports car careered off a busy dual carriageway and into a road sign.

The video posted on YouTube shows the black Mazda RX8 losing control as it travels along the A2 towards Canterbury.

A camera inside the car records as it nears the turn-off into the city but aquaplanes on standing water and veers left into the sign.

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Car travels along the A2 towards Canterbury. Raw Cut Archive
Car travels along the A2 towards Canterbury. Raw Cut Archive

The male driver is heard swearing just before the impact, which destroyed the front end of the car but reportedly left the driver uninjured.

It is thought the footage was recorded on a Saturday earlier this month.

It was uploaded by Raw Cut Archive with the caption: “This is the insane moment a Mazda RX8 hydro planed on a patch of standing water which sent the car flying into a road sign and bank at 70mph!

Car aquaplanes as it nears turn-off into city. Raw Cut Archive
Car aquaplanes as it nears turn-off into city. Raw Cut Archive
Split seconds before impact. Raw Cut Archive
Split seconds before impact. Raw Cut Archive

“The driver miraculously survived unharmed whilst the car faired a little worse.”

The Mailonline website purports to quote the driver describing the moment he lost control on the wet road surface.

"I was on my way to Canterbury city centre to pick up a few things and to grab a coffee," the unnamed 38-year-old says.

Windscreen of Mazda is smashed on impact. Raw Cut Archive
Windscreen of Mazda is smashed on impact. Raw Cut Archive

"Travelling in a straight line in the outside lane, I saw the half mile sign for my turn off, so started to slowly ease into the left lane ready to exit the dual carriageway.

"All of a sudden, the left wheels of the car hit a lot of standing water that was only in the left lane, jerking the vehicle towards the bank, because of the water, the car just glided like being on black ice."

He goes on: "There was absolutely nothing I could do.

The front end of the Mazda caved in. Raw Cut Archive
The front end of the Mazda caved in. Raw Cut Archive

"I could see the road sign for Canterbury city cathedral looming closer and bigger very quickly as the car almost flew towards it.

"My thoughts were, this is going to hurt and is not going to end well."

The driver is quoted describing how he climbed from the vehicle disorientated but without any injuries, after hitting the sign.

The car was reportedly written off by insurers. Raw Cut Archive
The car was reportedly written off by insurers. Raw Cut Archive

"The car crashed through the sign and amazingly came to a stand still with out going back into the dual carriageway and without hitting or causing any other vehicles to crash," he says.

"I got out of the car, without any obvious scratches or pain, slightly disorientated, but breathing a sigh of relief, especially when I saw the amount of damage to the car."

He adds: "The car was a complete write off - to quote the insurance company's report: 'there wasn’t a panel left on the car intact'."

Do you know the Mazda driver? Email kentishgazette@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01227 475985.

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