Car pushed under lorry after being hit by HGV

A motorist had a miraculous escape from death after the Audi they were driving was rear-ended by a HGV – then shunted underneath the trailer of a lorry in front. The metallic-grey car was left completely crushed after it became jammed underneath the trailer of the lorry – with the trailer’s rear left wheel flattening the Audi’s bonnet. The photo also shows a large dent in the front bumper of the bright blue Volvo HGV lorry, which had been travelling behind the car on the A13 westbound near Thurrock, Essex, on Monday morning.

Miraculously, the driver of the Audi managed to escape from the car without any serious injuries.

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But Essex Roads Policing Unit has warned that it will “be in touch” with nosy passing drivers – who drove by one-handed to film and take photos of the crash. A spokesperson for the Road Policing Unit Tweeted on Monday: “Thankfully the driver of this car hit from behind by an HGV on the #A13 earlier wasn’t seriously hurt. “To the 20 or so drivers who drove by one-handed to film it with your phones not watching the road ahead, keep an eye on your mailbox as we’ll be in touch.”

The collision took place at around 6:40am on the westbound carriageway, just before the M25. Police closed the road for several hours while they dealt with the incident. Mark Byard, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Highways England, said: “Drivers should allow at least a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster-moving traffic.

“This gap should be at least doubled on wet roads and increased further on icy roads or when visibility is poor.”

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