WATCH: Midrand family narrowly escapes hijacking

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The damage sustained when the Audi scraped a tree. (Supplied)

The damage sustained when the Audi scraped a tree. (Supplied)

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A family of three is "grateful to be unharmed" after they escaped armed men who had confronted them in their driveway in Vorna Valley, Midrand, on Saturday.

However, there was "extensive damage" to the Audi they travelled in.

Melissa Worman told News24 that the damage to the car added up to "thousands".

CCTV footage of the incident shows a dark-coloured SUV following the Audi before two men jump out, brandishing firearms.

Almost immediately, the driver of the Audi turns and speeds off.

In a second clip, the car is seen hitting the side of a tree.

Worman said her husband was armed at the time, but "the option of getting out of danger was the safest."

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She said her husband acted heroically in not drawing his weapon, but rather getting their family out of the situation quickly and safely.

She added their two-year-old was in the vehicle with them at the time.

Worman went on to explain that pulling into their driveway was sometimes "tricky".

"We switch off completely when it's time to arrive home. All phone calls ended and the radio off," she said.

"That is sadly what we as South Africans have subscribed to. But we can make it work as best as possible. It's never fool proof, but rather apply effort than be the fool."

Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed a case of attempted car hijacking was opened for investigation, but said that no arrests have been made yet.

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