Shocking footage of a crash which left two women seriously injured has been released by police as a warning to other drivers.
Motorist David Price, 65, was driving his lorry on the A17 in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on June 8 2018 when he failed to react in time to queuing traffic further ahead.
His dashcam footage shows him slamming into the back of a Renault Clio, which then smashes into an Audi A1, sending it into the back of another lorry – all in under two seconds.
The driver of the Clio, a Leeds University student, suffered serious injuries in the crash, including a bleed on her brain, a broken back, broken neck, broken arm, broken ribs and a broken nose.
She was forced undergo a series of surgeries, resulting in her having to withdraw from her studies.
The driver of the Audi, who had been travelling to Leeds to visit her daughter, also suffered significant injuries and had to take time off from work.
During Price’s appearance at Nottingham Crown Court, she said in a victim personal statement that she thought she was ‘going to die that day’, describing herself as ‘lucky to have survived’.
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Price, of Chapel Lane, Manby, Lincolnshire, was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Police stated that he had been travelling at 55mph when he approached the queuing traffic, and collided with the back of the Clio at 49mph.
Tests demonstrated that he had attempted an emergency brake around 15 metres away from the Clio – which at his speed, would have taken him 50 metres to come to a stop.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison on November 7.
Newark and Sherwood Police decided to release the shocking footage of the crash as a warning to other drivers to pay attention on the road.
Inspector Heather Sutton said: ‘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.’