VIDEO: Shocking six-car smash on A46
Video footage of a dramatic six-vehicle road crash has been released after a lorry driver was found guilty of dangerous driving.
Warwickshire Police have released the dash-cam footage of the collision near Stratford which left five drivers with serious injuries and cased extensive damage to the vehicles.
Lorry driver, Martin Gibson was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted on five counts of dangerous driving at Warwick Crown Court this month.
Gibson, 54 of Bathurst road Gloucester, was also banned from driving for three years and one month following the collision on the A46 at Bishopton last May - and must take an extended driving test before being allowed back on the road.
The court heard that Gibson was driving an articulated lorry on the A46 northbound when he hit a white Renault Kangoo, grey Volkswagen Golf, white BMW 1 Series and a black Nisssan Qashqai - all of which has slowed in front of him due to busy traffic ahead.
After swerving, he then caught a black Kawasaki motorcycle coming the other way down the carriageway.
The drivers of the other vehicles were left with serious injuries, some of which were deemed life changing.
Warwickshire Police officer, PC Craig Marshall from the OPU said: “We have issued the footage, with the agreement of the families of those affected by the incident, as a warning to drivers to pay attention when behind the wheel.
“Gibson’s dangerous driving had caused substantial damage, and had the potential to cause loss of life of those within the vehicles that were struck in the space of a few seconds.
“All of this could have been avoided if he had paid attention to the road and anticipated possible traffic conditions ahead involving actions of other drivers.
“This just shows that not paying attention when behind the wheel of any vehicle can have life changing effects to those involved.
“I hope the sentence handed down by the court sends a stark warning to anyone who takes irresponsible and dangerous risks on the roads - it is simply not worth it.”