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Lucky escape from 130kph drug-driver

Man driving wrong way up A10 causes nine accidents but no serious injuries

A MAN driving under the influence of cannabis has caused nine accidents by travelling the wrong way up a motorway at speeds of up to 130kph.

No one was seriously injured in the incident, which happened at about 3am on Saturday on the A10 Bordeaux-Paris motorway near Pons in the Charente-Maritime.

The 41-year-old man joined the motorway using an exit slip road and travelled the wrong way for 45km.

He had near-misses with nine cars but avoided any head-on collisions. He was eventually stopped by gendarmes and tested positive for cannabis.

A police spokesman told Le Parisien: "Luckily no one was seriously injured. Two people were hospitalised with minor injuries and left a few hours later.

"It could have been a disaster. We could not explain how he had ended up in the wrong direction. His behaviour was strange."

The man, from the Gironde, was taken to a psychiatric hospital in Saintes.

Photo: 1abilder - Fotolia.com

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