A WITNESS to Wednesday's seven-car collision in Queanbeyan says the driver who instigated the crash appeared to have "passed out sick" moments before ploughing into traffic.
Driving instructor Daniel Wray was midway through a lesson with Carwoola teenager and L-plate driver Ally Durr, when the smash occurred.
Miss Durr, 17, was behind the wheel as the car was stopped at traffic lights on Canberra Avenue.
"We were sitting at the lights, just about ready to go when a car from the opposite side of the road came straight through on to our side and smashed straight into us," Mr Wray said.
"We had nowhere to go and he's smashed us into the car behind us and the truck beside us. I'm not sure, it looked like he was passed out sick or something.
"We could see he was coming towards us because he was running up the side's of cars the opposite side of the traffic lights.
"The next thing he's squeezed his way through and just floored it straight at us, there's nothing we could do but sit there and take it."
Seven vehicles were involved in the crash including a petrol tanker carrying some 50,000 litres of fuel.
The crash, meanwhile, proved a shocking end to what was Miss Durr's very first professional driving lesson.
"I'm a little bit shaken up, you don't really expect this to happen to you," Miss Durr said.
"There wasn't really anything we could do and if there was, there wasn't any time. It happened so quickly. Hopefully this will be my one and only crash."
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