Just got involved in an accident, this afternoon. First thing to say is, I wasn't hit, I wasn't hurt, I didn't come off or anything like that. But I'm very much a witness. Very common scenario, car tries to overtake me when there's a car coming the other way. Not enough room. How many thousands of time has that happened to me? To all of you? On all the previous occasions the overtaking car has just about managed to squeeze in in front of me, in time. Not this time. Sickening crunch and I reckon the cars were overlapping about a foot when they hit. Sheared a wheel right off the oncoming car, which ended up keeled over at an angle in the ditch opposite. The overtaking car almost as badly damaged, came to a grinding halt in the middle of the road front suspension busted. My guess is both cars are write-offs. It must have been quite a bang, because a guy from a farmhouse a good 4-500 yards away heard it, said his dogs started barking so he came out to investigate. And here's precisely where it happened. Not easy to judge the width from Google, but I can assure you, this road is far too narrow to safely overtake a cyclist in primary when there's a car coming the other way (in fact I was closer to secondary position, I'd just turned into that road from the T-junction to the south). As you can see there's plenty of forward visibility. Neither car was going particularly fast, not above 40mph. Neither driver appeared to be hurt, though both were shaken up a bit. There were no other passengers in the vehicles. The first thing I did, on collecting my wits, was go up to the driver of the overtaking car, a young woman aged about 20, and say to her "I'm reporting you". She said "why", I said "no way could you have overtaken me safely here". Then I realised I hadn't checked on the other driver (a man of about 50) whose car was in the ditch with a wheel off, so I ran over to him, he was still sitting in the car and at first I thought he was slumped over the wheel unconscious, with smoke apparently pouring from the fascia. That shook me up a good deal, I can tell you! But he sat up as I approached and seemed to be OK, I shouted to him to get out of his car but the 'smoke' was apparently gas from the airbag inflater, both airbags went off in both cars. Someone else called the police and a little while later the woman appeared to be in shock, possibly even in tears, at that point I rather regretted having snapped at her but still she was clearly in the wrong. Delayed shock. By now I was shaking like a leaf too. Indeed I hailed another cyclist who passed the scene a while later, I felt I needed to 'unburden' myself. Most of the time I stayed with the male driver (of the oncoming car), he seemed to be in better shape though I pleaded with him to 'take it easy', I exchanged details with him. He's going to want a witness. When the police officer arrived I gave him my details and said something like, "it looks like a case of careless driving there". I'm not sure whether my remark will be followed up. I said I was prepared to make a statement later, I feel I ought to, despite the female driver's obvious distress, there is clear evidence of an offence and she ought to face the consequences. Someone who may have witnessed from a following car (it gets a bit confusing here) then threw an accusation against me, said I was 'wobbling' or something. Not true, the only wobble I did was to lurch over to the left in the split second before the crash hoping this car wouldn't hit me. But I suppose that's par for the course, people do tend to finger others at times like this. We shall see. If anyone turns nasty I suppose I need to go to the CTC. Now I'm waiting to see what comes of it. The police officer said, because no-one was injured it probably wouldn't be a police case but I think there should be. It's time people were taught, you can't just overtake a cyclist anywhere regardless of enough room. Thanks for reading, sorry about the long thread.