Australian cricket commentator Adam Collins is lucky to be alive after car in Pakistan

Australian cricket commentator Adam Collins owes his life to a seatbelt after a terrifying car accident in Pakistan, but the driver of the vehicle was not so lucky.

Collins images taken from twitter
Collins images taken from twitter

Australian cricket commentator and journalist, Adam Collins, is lucky to be alive after a terrifying car accident on the way to the airport to leave Pakistan.

The crash happened hours after Australia had wrapped up the Benaud Qadir trophy.

Collins is bruised and believes the seat belt likely saved his life, but the driver of the vehicle was not so lucky and underwent surgery for serious head injuries on Saturday.

The lead commentator on SEN’s cricket coverage of the three Tests was being driven to Lahore Airport after midnight when the vehicle he was in collided with a stationary truck.

Collins says the car was travelling at about 100kph when it ran into the back of the vehicle which was stopped on the freeway.

The force of the impact sent the truck and car sliding down the road.

The driver was pinned in the wreckage and the Australian initially feared the worst.

“The back of truck ended up in front of the car,” Collins said.

The co-host of The Final Word podcast said if the front seat had not collapsed, the driver, Rehman, would certainly have been killed.

Collins helped passers-by lift the car off the road and was attended to by strangers when the driver was freed.

The driver had six hours of surgery and is in intensive care, but is reportedly out of danger. He is expected to spend a month in the Lahore hospital.

In a bizarre twist, Collins says a man who presented as a government official stopped to offer to drive him to the airport. He washed the blood off his face and boarded the plane.

In shock, he continued his journey but was relieved to see the driver regain consciousness before he departed.

The 37-year-old has bruising to his chest and abdomen but has been cleared of any serious injury.

“The only reason I’m still in one piece after hitting the truck at the speed we did is because I had my seatbelt on,” he told The Australian.

“It’s a miracle Rehman survived but I’m devastated that he’s sustained serious injuries. Of course, I hope with all my heart that he pulls through to make a full recovery.

“Watching so many people come together to free him from the wreckage reflects the community spirit we saw everywhere in our month touring Pakistan. Horrible as the accident was, I still can’t wait to return to this wonderful country.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board is assisting the Australian journalists in Pakistan to ensure the driver and his family are looked after, but his employer has full medical insurance and he will continue to be paid his salary during the recovery period.

He is expected to have another round of surgery and is understood to have received serious injuries to his head and throat.

Collins was shaken but relieved to be reunited with his family in London. Hours before the accident he had been on air when the Australians secured their historic series victory.

Originally published as Australian cricket commentator Adam Collins is lucky to be alive after car in Pakistan