A teenage learner driver killed herself and two others – after mistaking accelerator for brake and plunging into canal.
The car fell more than 10 feet before it landed upside down in the water – with the force of the impact believed to have knocked all four people on board unconscious.
The tragic incident occurred in Dongfeng – which is in Zhongshan City in Guangdong Province in southern China. Locals frantically jumped in and tried to smash the windows and rescue them as they slowly submerged under the water.
According to Daily Mirror ,only one was rescued alive and rushed to hospital where she is in a coma – while the other three tragically died.
Reports said the 19-year-old girl – identified by her surname Wu – only had a learner’s licence and still needed to be accompanied by an adult.
She was reportedly driving her father’s car with her dad, 51, in the passenger seat and her sister, 16, and another friend, 17, in the back as they set off. But soon after the inexperienced Wu started the engine, she reportedly stepped on the accelerator pedal – thinking it was the brake – causing the vehicle to charge forward and down the embankment of the canal.
All four were unconscious by the time they were pulled from the submerged vehicle, with paramedics pronouncing Wu, her dad, and the friend dead at the scene after unsuccessful attempts to revive them.