A THURGOONA teenager was left with whiplash and a mild concussion after a driver smashed into the back of his car on Sunday.
Blake Cogdell, 18, was stationary at the Borella Road southbound freeway exit when he was flung forwards about 1.50pm.
The North Albury footballer's Toyota Camry received rear damage when the woman, travelling behind, collided with him at a red light.
He said he had glanced in his rear view mirror to see a car travelling quickly toward him.
“I didn’t really see it coming, it threw me forward quite hard and I hit my head,” Mr Cogdell said.
“Initially I was quite dazed and in shock.
“My first reaction was to get out of the car.
“I saw her car and took me a second to realise what had happened.”
The airbags were deployed in the woman’s car, which was extensively damaged on impact.
Mr Cogdell said there had been two cars in front of him at the lights.
“There was no sign of her braking, she just smashed into the back of my car,” he said.
“All that was going through my head head was “s**t this is going to hurt.
“She would have hit me between 50 to 60km/h.
“It sent my car forward, luckily didn't hit anyone else.
“I got out to see damage and if she was OK, then another car pulled up, a witness, to see if I was alright.”
Police took statements from both drivers and Mr Cogdell said he believed the woman was distracted at the time of the crash.
He was taken to Albury Hospital where he underwent scans and observation for five hours.
“Pretty much just keep your eyes on the road,” he said.
"This is how people get injured and it can happen to anyone.
“I’ve never been involved in a crash before.
“I was just going to town to grab a coffee and it ruined my day and all my plans.”