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L-plater admits to fast car crash

A TUMBULGUM teenager has claimed he was travelling at 190km/h on Tweed Valley Way before his car spectacularly collided with a tree on Sunday night.

The 17-year-old learner driver and his young male passenger somehow managed to walk away from the 10.15pm high-speed crash near Condong.

Police say it was extremely lucky the pair were not killed in the crash, and that their car didn't end up in the Tweed River.

“It was only through good fortune that no one was seriously injured or killed,” Tweed police sergeant Rob Taylor said yesterday.

The teenager will face court next month on numerous driving-related charges. According to Sgt Taylor the teen lost control of the vehicle when it hit a bump rounding a slight bend in the road. The Commodore rotated clockwise as it spun across the northern lane of the roadway.

The rear of the vehicle led as the car left the road and smashed into a tree at high speed, very close to the Tweed River. Police observed skid marks stretching for 100m along Tweed Valley Way.

The young driver admitted to emergency services at the scene that he was driving at almost twice the legal speed limit.

“He claims he may have been travelling at a speed up to 190km/h,” Sgt Taylor said.

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