96-Year-Old Driver Somehow Survived This Horrendous Accident

We don’t know why the 96-year old driver of this black sedan lost control of his car, but he should still consider himself lucky, despite suffering leg and spinal injuries, as he wasn’t killed in this terrifying accident.

The incident occurred earlier this month in Melbourne, Australia, and according to the owner of the dashcam car, the damage sustained by his vehicle as well as the one beside it, was quite severe.

He also assumes that what happened prior to the crash was that the elderly man “mixed up the accelerator and brake.” Aside from the driver’s previously-mentioned injuries, nobody else was harmed, even though there were people in the vicinity.

The dashcam owner mentions how he arrived to find a scary scene unfolding right where his car was parked:

“An announcement came over the PA asking for the drivers of two cars, one with my registration number, to come to the reception area immediately. I saw police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances everywhere. Luckily nobody was killed.”

He also said that both damaged vehicles were taken away on tow trucks and so, we presume, was the elderly man’s black sedan that, ironically, ended its wild ride into a local hospital…


  • Six_Tymes

    not a very smart family, 96 and still driving? at that point, its pretty much negligence

    • Kevin Tay

      Do you know that 40% of Australians are over the age of 80? (Sarcasm) but a large portion of the working sector consists of people aged over 60. 96 is a rare case, but it’s not surprising.

  • TheBelltower
    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Are you saying he was just a good ol’ boy?

      • TheBelltower

        Sure. Never meanin’ no harm!

        • Six Thousand Times

          Beats all I ever saw.

  • karmat

    And he’s probably very critical of the self driving car idea.

    • Status


    • ChrisInIL

      Fortunately, no machine has ever gone haywire and completely out of control.

      • Status

        At the hands of a human and within human controls? Sure.

        Now find one that went ‘haywire’ autonomously and you’d have a case.

        • ChrisInIL

          Fortunately, no parts of a machine have ever failed resulting in the machine going haywire and completely out of control.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’ve always stressed w/emphasis the elderly, after a certain age (75), shouldn’t drive anymore despite the “younger generation that drives erratically,” but the elderly should be considered “high-risk drivers.”

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Someone at 20 can be a worse driver than someone else at 80.
      Compulsory re-testing after 70, say every 3 years or a medical that indicates a reduction in a required competency (e.g.eyesight)?

      • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Someone at 20 can be more alert than someone at 75.

        • Obsequious Lickspittle

          Well, yes.
          Are you saying therefore that everyone at 20 should automatically drive?

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’ve always stressed w/emphasis the elderly, after a certain age (75), shouldn’t drive anymore despite the “younger generation that drives erratically,” but the elderly should be considered “high-risk drivers.

  • danno

    He had his foot in the gas instead of the brake. You could here the car engine revving high on the shot of it going away into the building.

  • Paul

    Good that no one was killed. Hope that is the end of his driving.

    • BlackPegasus

      I hope so as well.

  • Liam Paul

    wow, one part of me want to say 96 is too old to drive but my crazy ass at 96 sure as hell will want to drive so watch out fuckers but for real, if someone over the age of 80 want to drive, they should have to pass a phyical every 4 months to keep driving, i say give them that freedom but make sure their fit to drive.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      That’s a bit random! Surely 6 or 12 months is a better timescale?

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Maybe he was late for his medical?

    • Finkployd

      Maybe someone in that building opened a pack of werther’s original?

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Somebody said, “Have you tried a Tim Tam slam?” and he got the wrong idea?

  • Ray Filetti

    Just another day in Australian motoring. Shame that a Ford Fairlane was destroyed.

  • carlbolt

    Maybe he just wanted to grab a couple companies to go with him, unfortunately, he failed both.

  • mb4design

    Outlaw automatic transmissions. Zero cases of unintended acceleration with a manual.

    • Status

      Bullshit. Nobody wants to go slow with a manual transmission.

  • BlackPegasus

    He shouldn’t have been driving at all. He placed the lives of many innocent people in danger everytime he starts the vehicle.

    Btw, looks like the BlackVue dash/security cameras caught both front and rear footage. Nice catch 👌🏽

  • brn

    Isn’t this an automotive blog? What vehicle was that? Takes styling cues from a Lincoln Mark VIII.

    • Zandit75

      Ford Fairlane, only available in Australia. It’s a stretched version of the Ford Falcon.

      • KareKakk

        Australia has a lot of cool homebred cars, only a shame you must sit next to yourself when you drive them.

  • Dariush

    Give up driving, before you kill somebody….

  • Zandit75

    Funny how this was all over every other car forum last month. Must have been postponed to make way for another X-Tomi render!!

    • KareKakk

      Ouch! 😀

  • LeStori

    Looks like this person is a Richard Hamster Hammond wannabe…

    Probably automatic driver syndrome. Hit accelerator rather than brake and away we go on an automatic joyride.

  • thunder bolt

    This is a car website, so let’s us be clear what the hell we’re talking about, that ‘black sedan’ is a Ford Fairlane Ghia sedan.

    • Kevin Tay

      Chill, OP isn’t Australian

  • XtremWize

    96 Years + Automatic gearbox = Bad combination

  • When you watch to much Dukes of Hazzard…

  • Stephen G

    “mixed up the accelerator and brake.” I think everybody knows the accelerator makes the car go and the brake makes the car stop…so if your car is “going” you have your foot on the (everybody say it together). This person had no business behind the wheel of a car. It’s clear that the speed of the car coming into frame nor the impact of the car hitting the ground did nothing to dissuade the driver from removing his foot from the accelerator. Thank God nobody was hurt. This certainly cannot be the first incident that questioned this man’s driving ability. His whole family should go to jail. Wake up people!

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