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Open Cloze - (B2) First Certificate of English

For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

The Runaway Car

In what seemed like a freak accident, Charles Martins, 32, a taxi driver, was trapped in his car, driving (0) AT 210 kph for 100 kilometers in rush hour traffic. ‘I took my foot (1) ............ the accelerator but it had jammed, so the car did not slow (2) ............. At first, with my foot on the brake, I was doing a steady 110 kpm. I managed to get (3) ............ the police on my phone to ask for help but then I (4) ............ see smoke coming from the brakes. At that point, my speed went right up again and I had to concentrate (5) ............ trying not to crash. I remember thinking I was going to die’. Adams was followed (6) ............ several police cars and a helicopter as he tried to avoid other traffic. His journey only ended when he crashed into a barrier. Amazingly, he managed to escape unhurt. However, after extensive tests on the car, (7) ............ mechanical defects were found and Martins was arrested on suspicion (8) ............ dangerous driving.

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