Video shows terrifying moment Premier League footballer crashes car on M25 not far from Hemel Hempstead

The crash happened on Saturday afternoon

Friday, 27th November 2020, 1:42 pm
Updated Friday, 27th November 2020, 1:46 pm

Terrifying footage shows the moment Arsenal and England U21s midfielder Joe Willock is said to have crashed his luxury Mercedes-Benz car while on the way to training.

The Premier League appears to lose control of the car as cut across to get on a slip road. Willock is said to have been unhurt in the smash, which was caught on dashcam by another motorist.

Dramatic video shows video allegedly of Willock, 21, cutting across multiple lanes and racing his Mercedes-Benz G-Class up a slip road to join the M25 near South Mimms, Herts.

The crash took place just after 2pm on Saturday, November 21 (C) SWSY

But he hits a barrier, causing him to lose a wheel and spin out - ending up in a hedge.

A man can then be seen stopping to help Willock, who was described as "shaken" - but uninjured.

The crash took place just after 2pm on Saturday, November 21 - just a day before he started in his club's clash with Leeds United.

A witness to the crash, who asked not to be named, said: "I didn't know who he was. He was a bit shaken, but fine.

Footballer Joe Willock crashed his car while on the way to training (C) SWSY

"I got out of the car and I went to his window, which was blacked out. You could see that he was trying to reverse back out of the verge.

"The back wheel was missing but you could see the hub spinning out. He wound the window down and I said: 'You can't reverse'. He let out a big scream.

"I said: 'You went around the corner a bit fast, like'. He said: 'I know, I'm an idiot'. He said he was on his way to training, for Arsenal.

"He got out and said: 'Do you think it's a write off?'. I said: 'I'm no expert, but I think so - you have half a tree in your front bumper.

"I then asked him if he was okay and he said he was fine. I said: 'Do you want to call the police?'. He said: 'I have already messaged my brother'."

His luxury Mercedes-Benz can retail for more than £140,000.

The witness continued: "We got chatting and he said his name was Joe. I asked him three or four times if he was okay and if needed me to stay.

"He said he was fine, so I left. I was there for 10 or 15 minutes but my car was blocking the entrance to the M25 so I had to go.

"I imagine somebody would have had to recover the car. There's no way he could have driven off."

The witness said he decided to look up 'Joe and Arsenal' after the crash - and recognised Willock's picture.

He added: "I asked my wife to Google him, and then I had look - it was definitely his face."

Arsenal train at London Colney, just three miles from where the crash took place. The club has been approached for comment.