Two supercars crash in Swiss Alps as both drivers try to overtake a motor home at the same time

Two supercars crash in Swiss Alps as both drivers try to overtake a motor home at the same time
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A supercar collision on the winding Swiss Alps has left drivers with a £3 million repair bill.

Thankfully no one lost their lives as a result, but the crash serves as a stark reminder to only overtake other road users when safe to do so – and that includes indicating to show your intent.

A Bugatti Chiron was among the luxury motors caught in a pile-up on the Gotthard Pass last week after drivers attempted to overtake a motorhome.

The Chiron collided with another sports car as both drivers attempted the same manoeuvre. When the two vehicles collided, a domino effect followed causing a third car and finally the motor home to get caught up in the crash.

The accident, which caused extensive and expensive damage, left one of the drivers involved seriously injured.

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Some of the vehicles crashed into stone boundary columns which thankfully prevented them from sliding off the road entirely.

Broken grilles, bumpers and bonnets were all visible on social media posts capturing the accident.

As one of the world’s richest nations, Switzerland is no stranger to costly crashes and home to a high number of high-end cars.

But despite its racy reputation, Geneva, Zurich and other Swiss cities don’t feature in the world’s top ten supercar capitals.

London actually tops the luxury list, Moscow comes in second with, followed by Los Angeles.

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According to official figures from 2017, 8,000 vehicles were involved in collisions when overtaking.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) responded to the figures released last year by dispelling a common overtaking misconception.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The common-sense message is do not overtake unless you are sure you can complete the manoeuvre safely and without causing risk or inconvenience to another road user.

“Although you should complete an overtaking manoeuvre quickly, never exceed the speed limit for the road.”

As rule 125 of the Highway Code states, the speed limit is the absolute maximum you should drive on any particular road. This does not exclude overtaking.

If you’re caught speeding while overtaking, you could collect a fine up to £2,500 and six points on your licence, depending on your speed and the road you’re caught on.

Read our guide to overtaking to make sure you stay safe and on the right side of the law.

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