Page last updated at 17:51 GMT, Monday, 22 March 2010

Motorist shunted at 60mph by lorry relives ordeal


The video was posted on YouTube by another motorist

A motorist who was shunted sideways and pushed along a motorway at 60mph when her car was hit by a lorry, has told how she thought she was going to die.

Rona Williams' car was trapped under the bumper of the tanker and pushed along the A1(M) near Wetherby, West Yorkshire, until the driver saw her.

Footage of the incident was posted on YouTube.

Mrs Williams, 31, of York, told the Daily Mail she called 999 and told an operator: "I'm going to die".

Mrs Williams' Renault Clio was clipped by the lorry and twisted sideways, trapping it under the front bumper.

The vet, who works at a practice in Garforth, was not injured in the incident.

She said she feared the Arclid Transport HGV would ram her into the crash barrier and kill her so she tried calling for help on her mobile phone.

Police investigation

Mrs Williams told the newspaper: "I just screamed at the operator 'I'm going to die, I'm going to die - can you do something?'

"She tried to calm me down but there wasn't really anything she could do at the end of the phone."

In a bid to release her vehicle, she said she pulled on the handbrake and flashed her hazard lights to try to catch the driver's attention, as well as that of other road users, but she said it took the lorry driver nearly a minute to notice her.

When he did he was "all over the place", Mrs Williams said, and finally managed to bring both vehicles to a stop on the hard shoulder.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed it had received a 999 call from Mrs Williams and had attended the scene of the crash on 13 January.

It added that a call from a witness had also been made.

A police spokesperson said an investigation into the incident had been re-opened after it was initially dealt with as a damage only collision.

Arclid Transport are also conducting their own investigation.

Print Sponsor

Lorry filmed pushing car on M-way
18 Mar 10 |  West Yorkshire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific