Dashcam footage released after chain reaction smash

Chris Tindall
November 22, 2019

An HGV driver has been jailed for 18 months after he smashed into a queue of traffic when he failed to react in time.

David Price, 65, was also handed a 29-month driving ban after pleading guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving following the crash on the A17 in Newark in June 2018.

Price’s lorry collided with a Renault Clio and caused a chain reaction as the Clio struck an Audi A1, which then launched into the back of another HGV.

The Clio driver, a Leeds University student, suffered serious life-changing injuries including a bleed on her brain, a broken back, broken neck, broken arm, broken ribs and a broken nose.

She needed a number of operations for her injuries and had to withdraw from university due to her injuries.

The driver of the Audi, who was travelling to Leeds to visit her daughter, also suffered significant injuries which resulted in her having time off work.

Prior to the crash, Price approached the queueing traffic at around 55mph and collided with back of the Clio at 49mph.

Inspector Heather Sutton, neighbourhood policing inspector, said: “We have issued the dashcam footage, with the agreement of the victims, as a warning to drivers to pay attention when behind the wheel.

“Price’s dangerous driving caused catastrophic life-changing injuries within the space of a few seconds.

“It could all have been avoided if he had paid attention when behind the wheel. Now he has time to reflect on the consequences of his actions in prison.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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