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Northern Ireland: Van driver is forced to swerve off the road after car pulls out in front of him

This is the terrifying moment a van had to swerve onto a grass verge to avoid crashing head first into a car pulling out of a junction. 

The van driver was forced to manoeuvre around a red hatchback after it turned left onto the A28 in Aughnacloy, Northern Ireland, last week.

The white van had just started overtaking a lorry when it was forced to reroute as the red car moved directly into its path on January 12.  

The shocking footage was shared online to Twitter on Sunday, where it was retweeted by broadcaster Jeremy Vine. 

The van driver was forced to manoeuvre around a red hatchback after it turned left onto the A28 in Aughnacloy, Northern Ireland, last week

The dramatic video began with the red car leaving Caledon Road and approaching the junction.

The van could be seen rocketing down the road trying to overtake a slow moving lorry as the red car continued to creep forward at the junction and began driving on the road, thinking it was safe to merge. 

The dramatic video began with the red car leaving Caledon Road and approaching the junction before it drove out onto the road

The driver was forced to stop with three quarters of the car on the main road as a van throttled towards it.  

The panicked van driver steered onto the grass and around the red car, with the speed lifting its left wheels of the ground.

Still travelling at speed, the van driver continued along a pavement right beside a house. The driver of the red car was seemingly unphased as they continued their left turn onto the road and drove away.

The clip, seen by more than 246,000 people, ignited a debate on who was in the right and who was in the wrong. 

The driver was forced to stop with three quarters of the car on the main road as a van throttled towards it. The panicked van driver steered onto the grass and around the red car, with the speed lifting its left wheels of the ground

Jeremy Vine wrote: 'My dad always told me, "when you're turning left, look left as well as right", and this is why he said it.'

Another social media user said: 'A vehicle on the main road has right of way - always. 

'The van was overtaking in a perfectly legal way (if within the speed limit) as the main road has normal hatched lines. 

'The vehicle on the side road should only enter the main road when safe to do so. They are at fault here.' 

Still travelling at speed, the van driver continued along a pavement right beside a house. The driver of the red car was seemingly unphased as they continued their left turn onto the road and drove away

The clip, seen by more than 246,000 people, ignited a debate on who was in the right and who was in the wrong

Another added: '100% the red Berlingo at fault in my opinion. He only looked right when entering the road and didn't check the left side. 

'Van driver didn't seem to be going very fast or doing anything wrong.' 

One wrote: 'He was clearly trying to overtake the flat bed truck at a junction, red car had every right to be where it was.' 

Another added: 'If the red car had stopped at the lines, the overtake would have stayed on the road. BUT... you never overtake at a junction. So the overtaker is as much to blame for the incident. I just hope nobody got hurt (not knowing what happened out of shot). 

Others agreed it was the van driver's fault. One said: 'You don't overtake at a junction. Red car obviously only looked to his right because why would you even look left. White van is in the wrong and clearly speeding.' 

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