HGV camera records motorway madness23 May 2014

Video footage has been released which captures a collision between a Ford Focus and a heavy goods vehicle, as the car driver runs out of space in the filter lane joining the M6.

The Focus driver should have braked, but did not and there was a collision, with the HGV shunting the car along the hard shoulder.

The footage comes from haulage business Malcolm Group, which has fitted SmartWitness in-vehicle cameras in its 500-strong fleet.

The incident happened last month and proved the car driver was to blame – the driver's insurers have already settled the claim.

Allan Campbell, technical engineer for Malcolm Group, says the camera installation was "money well spent", adding: "In this instance, the claim was settled very quickly at no cost to Malcolm Group.

"Before we installed the cameras, we could often end in messy situations where neither side was accepting blame... That is no longer the case, now we have SmartWitness journey recorders."

Laura Cork

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