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Linford Christie in court for 'dangerous driving'

CRASH: Linford Christie

FORMER SPRINT champion Linford Christie told a court he thought he was "going to die" when he collided with a taxi while driving the wrong way.

Christie, 51, denies dangerous driving on the A413 in Buckinghamshire.

The sprinter, who had recently been driving in the US, thought the taxi was on the wrong side of the road Aylesbury Crown Court heard, reports the BBC.

The jury heard that newly-wed Claire Lloyd-Ashton and her husband Peter Ashton had to be helped from the taxi when the collision happened in May 2010.

AUDI A8: Model similar to the one Christie was driving

The court also heard he told a police officer at the scene in Chalfont St Peter: "I saw lights and bang."

The ex 100m Olympic champion crawled out of the window of his smashed Audi A8 thinking it was about to blow up

"I smelt this funny smell and thought, if I don't get out I'm going to die."

Giving evidence, Mr Christie said he had just split up with his girlfriend of 26 years and was in the process of moving out of their home in Gerrards Cross.

He had set out to buy some milk in his Audi and was heading back to the house along the unlit A413 when the crash happened shortly after 11pm.

"I saw the lights on the car in front of me. I thought he was on the wrong side of the road," Mr Christie told the court.

"Then I realised it was me. I tried to turn."

The jury has been sent home for the night and will resume considering its verdict on tomorrow.

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