Dramatic moment truck driver is ‘knocked unconscious’ as he smashes head-on into Range Rover which ‘pulled out into his path'{Engand}

A terrifying crash was captured on dash cam when a £35,000 pickup truck smashed head-on into a Range Rover on one of Britain’s ‘most dangerous’ roads. Chris Marshall, 44, says he was “knocked unconscious” as his vehicle collided with the 4X4, which allegedly shot out of a junction straight into his path. The 45mph smash, which occurred on the notorious A61 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, broke the truck’s camera and threw it out of position. Paramedics rushed Chris to hospital after the smash, where he was found to have escaped with just cracked ribs and a broken sternum.

The dad-of-one has now vowed to always use a dash-cam after he claims the other driver initially refused to accept responsibility, potentially leaving him to replace the ‘written-off’ Toyota Hilux out of his own pocket. Chris, a mining manager from Harrogate, claimed: “As a result of the crash, my car was written off and I was in a really bad way. “The impact of the airbag knocked me out and I just remember coming round with people in the car trying to free me. “It was very confusing coming-to in this strange commotion. “I was dazed and in a lot of pain.“I was so lucky because there was an ambulance further back in the traffic and they were able to get to me relatively quickly.”
He described how three passengers in the other vehicle were taken to Leeds General Infirmary, while he was rushed to Harrogate Hospital. “The crash left me with a broken sternum and cracked ribs so I had to stay in over a weekend to be observed,” he said. “When I was discharged, I had to stay on light duties for several weeks and was forced to work from home.” Chris had been driving back from Manchester Airport to his home on November 26, 2016, when he was involved in the horrifying smash.He claims the footage shows how the other motorist pulled out of a junction straight in front of his truck, leaving it with ‘irreparable’ damage.
Police didn’t take any action following the crash. Chris insists that the dash-cam was the deciding factor in his alleged dispute with the driver over who was responsible. He has now bought his son one. He claimed: “I was driving back from Leeds at about lunchtime when the woman sped straight through the junction. She didn’t even brake. “I was only going at 45mph as I was behind a truck and at a corner, but had I been going the full 60mph limit it would have been a lot worse. “I think at the beginning there was a bit of confusion about who was responsible, I remember that being discussed in the ambulance, but as soon as I told the police to look at my dash-cam it became clear who was at fault.”He added: “The insurance paid out straight away after I sent them the footage and there was no form filling or drawing silly pictures. “My dash-cam really saved me a lot of hassle. I drive all over Europe with my job and I’ve had about 10 in the UK alone in the last year who have scraped me or bumped into me and as soon as I’ve shown them my dash-cam they’ve admitted fault. “At first it was a gadget to me – I like technology- but it’s quickly become a security thing too. “My 17-year-old son recently passed his test and he’s got one in his car now. We’ve all got them because you have to be careful.
“I still drive for my job but I’d say I’m a lot more paranoid now, especially near that junction. I tense up every time I pass it. “I’ve not had any major long-term injuries but I’m no spring chicken anymore so I do get some aches and pains as a result of the crash, even two years later.” A 6.2-mile stretch of the A61 between Barnsley and Wakefield was named as one of the UK’s most dangerous roads in 2008.

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