Woman, 70, drives 45km on wrong side of the highway

MOTORISTS were forced to swerve out of the way of an oncoming car after an elderly motorist started driving on the wrong side of the busy road.

The 70-year-old female driver was reportedly pursued by an ambulance whose driver tried to get the woman to pull over.

The elderly woman has driven at least 45km on the wrong side of South Australia's South East Freeway from Murray Bridge to just past Mount Barker, before sideswiping an oncoming car.

Police first received a report of an Adelaide-bound Toyota sedan travelling on the wrong side of the freeway near Murray Bridge just after 2.30pm.

Carla and Randall saw the driving first-hand as they were driving towards Mount Barker and came face-to-face with the car driving straight towards them.

"We were driving with our two dogs up toward the Mount Barker exit and had just overtaken so we were in the right-hand lane," Carla said.

"She came up and had an ambulance behind her. (Randall) was driving and swerved just in time to the left lane to miss her."

Carla said they were lucky there was a space in the left-hand lane or they would have crashed into another car to get out of the woman's path.

"She came so close to hitting us, if one of the two cars in front or behind us in the left lane hadn't been as close we would have hit them," Carla said.

"Randall beeped but she ignored it and I called 000.

"She was driving about as fast as us in the opposite direction.

"I'm just upset as our two dogs were in the car too."

Another witness who did not want to be named travelled alongside the car for about 5kms before she sideswiped the ute.

"We were a couple of cars behind on the other side of the freeway," she said.

"An ambulance was on our side tracking her movements and keeping pace with her.

"So many cars flashed and beeped at the woman who just carried on.

"She was eventually hit by a blue ute that luckily managed to swerve so didn't hit her full on.

"We were with her for about 5kms before she got hit."

The ambulance immediately pulled over to help after the collision.

Vanessa was about halfway between Mount Barker and the Monarto Zoo turn off when the car came flying past her.

"I was heading to Murray Bridge on the Freeway when all of a sudden a small, little blue car was in the right lane, driving up the wrong," Vanessa said.

"It went past us quite quickly.

"A couple of cars pulled over after that, I'm assuming they were contacting police."

The driver of the Toyota, a 70-year-old woman from Burnside, was not physically injured in the crash but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The driver of the ute was also not injured.

Police investigations are continuing.

News Corp Australia


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