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Family Survives After Motorway Bumper Cars

A Jeep driver in Russia turned his car into a dodgem when he was sent bouncing from crash barrier to crash barrier during a heavy rainstorm. Pavel Kidovorev, 45, was travelling with his wife Natasha, 41, and their two children, six-year-old Artem and nine-year-old Nikita, on the orbital motorway circling the Russian capital Moscow when he lost control. "I felt the vehicle sliding when I was doing about 60 and I thought: Oh my God, this is it. I suddenly had no control of the vehicle whatsoever as it began to slide," he said. "The first crash came as the car hit the safety barrier on the right of the road. That sent me like a pinball smashing over to the left side and into the crash barrier there. That impact was enough to send me back again into the one on the right. "The car was filled with screaming as you might imagine. We all thought we were going to die. Incredibly there were no other vehicles hit. The last impact significantly slowed the car down and I managed to roll it to a halt. "I got my family out and we had a group hug at the roadside and I said a small prayer to whatever God was watching over us this day. I was not a religious man but I am now." Natasha said: "I just hung on to the boys for all I was worth. I felt sure that we were not coming out of this alive. It makes you appreciate life when you come close to losing everything in the blink of an eye."

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