A haulage firm today began an investigation after a video emerged that appears to show a lorry driver speeding along a motorway unaware that a car was trapped under its bumper.Embed CodePlays: 4682 (Embed: 0)
The mobile phone footage shows an Arclid Transport lorry travelling in the fast lane on the A1(M) near Wetherby, West Yorkshire, with a blue Renault Clio trapped sideways under its bumper.
The footage, believed to have been filmed in January by passengers in a vehicle on the same road, showed the driver of the Clio – who has not so far been identified – appearing to try to release the car by pressing the brakes.
A male voice can be heard inside the car from which the scene was filmed, shouting: "He [the lorry driver] hasn't even seen it."
It is believed the car driver emerged without any serious injuries once both vehicles had come to a stop. The footage was later posted on YouTube.
A spokesman for Cheshire-based Arclid Transport, which specialises in transporting bulk powders and granular products throughout the UK, said an investigation had begun.
"I've no idea if the video is genuine," the spokesman added. "We're actually doing an internal investigation at the moment."
A West Yorkshire police spokesman said: "On 13 January at around 8.30am, we attended a road traffic collision on the southbound A1 near Wetherby, to a report that a blue Renault Clio had been in collision with an HGV.
"At the time of our attendance, there were no injuries and both vehicles were on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
"As a result, at the time, the incident was treated as a damage-only collision. However, in light of the new evidence, we are re-investigating the collision and the matter has been passed to our major collision inquiry team. Inquiries are ongoing."