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Near crash captured on driver's dashboard camera

A driver is counting himself lucky after a near collision captured on his vehicle's dashboard camera Tuesday north of Toronto.

Police say near miss a 'scary reminder' of what can happen if motorists don't pay attention when driving

A Toronto-area driver had to pull over and compose himself after a near collision that was captured on his dashboard camera Tuesday. 

It happened just after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Major Mackenzie Drive and Bayview Avenue, just north of Toronto. 

After stopping at a red light, driver Mark Corrigan gets a green and begins to drive eastbound through the intersection on Major Mackenzie.

He's almost through the intersection when another driver — travelling in a silver four-door vehicle along Bayview Avenue — goes through a red light and passes inches in front of Corrigan's bumper, nearly causing a dangerous T-bone collision. 

​"Four or five seconds after my light had gone green, I saw a car whizzing through and I caught it out of the corner of my eye," Corrigan told CBC News. "I slammed on the brakes, stopped in time and managed to avoid an accident.
Mark Corrigan slammed his brakes in time to avoid a collision with another vehicle Tuesday afternoon. The harrowing incident was captured on his dashcam.

"I was just a little bit shaky, and like I said, it could have been a lot worse, just happy it didn't go that way and there wasn't a pedestrian crossing the road or anything like that," said Corrigan, who'd shaken off the jitters when CBC interviewed him.

York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden was shocked by the video.

"Wow! That's a near miss, that's for sure!," he said.

The near miss, Pattenden said, is a "scary reminder" of what could happen if drivers aren't paying attention to the road.

"Watch out for the other person. Oftentimes, we just focus on our own driving and forget about what's going on around us," he said.

Pattenden said cameras in the area, or witnesses, could help locate the driver who ran the red light.

"There were a lot of people at that intersection, a lot of people probably saw what took place, and somebody else may have caught some other detail that's not on this particular video," he said. "In a case like this, if you were able to figure out who that person was, what vehicle that was, we would be able to lay a charge within 60 days under the Highway Traffic Act."

Corrigan is relieved no one was hurt.

After what happened, he says he's thinking about getting a second camera — for the back of his car.

With files from Lorenda Reddekopp

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