Car crash survivor killed by wife

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A driver who survived a car crash was killed moments later after being run-over by his wife, who had rushed to his aid.

The unidentified 54-year-old man had been driving near the town of Carville, northern France, with his 16-year-old daughter, when his car left the road on a sharp bend.

Despite the vehicle rolling several times before coming to a stop in a ditch, both occupants managed to crawl out of the wreckage unscathed. The man then called his wife to come and collect them, French newspaper Ouest-France reported.

However, in her rush to reach her stricken family, the 44-year-old woman lost control of her car at exactly the same spot as her husband, and careered off the road in a similar manner.

It was then that the woman's car hit the man, killing him instantly. Both the wife and daughter were later taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

France's roads have long been recognised as particularly dangerous. In a bid to reduce the number of casualties, the French government has introduced stricter speed limits and brought in new penalties for drink-driving.

Drivers caught over the limit once have their car confiscated. Get caught a second time and the authorities may order that a special ignition be fitted, which monitors a driver's blood alcohol level, only starting the car if they are below the legal limit.

France has also greatly increased the number of fixed speed cameras on its roads.

As a result of these measures, France's road fatality rate has fallen by 38 per cent in the last four years, The Mirror reports.

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