Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Dozens of drivers to face prosecution for 'rubber-necking' during M25 lorry crash . . .


Dozens of drivers to face prosecution for 'rubber-necking' during M25 lorry crash

Crash: The incident caused tailbacks for miles (Picture: Sam Tatler/Twitter)

Dozens of drivers are to be prosecuted for careless driving after "rubber-necking" during a major crash on the M25 yesterday, police have said.

An injured driver was pulled from the crushed cab of his truck after three lorries crashed on the motorway in Thurrock, Essex, at about 4.40am on Thursday.

Essex Police said more than 40 passing motorists will receive court summonses over their "shocking and disappointing" behaviour during the incident, after slowing down to film or photograph the scene on their smartphones.

They are to be charged with careless driving or using a mobile phone while driving, police said.

One was said to be weaving from lane to lane as they kept their eyes on the crash rather than the road.

Adam Pipe, casualty reduction manager for Essex Police, said: "The offending drivers were distracted and could easily have caused further crashes that could have caused injury or added to delays.

"They were not in proper control of their vehicles and that means they were driving carelessly.

"One driver was seen driving forwards but looking backwards and weaving from lane to lane. Others were holding up phones and either taking photographs or videos of the crash scene.

"We take these offences very seriously and will continue to prosecute anyone we seen filming and rubber-necking at the scene of any crashes or other emergencies."

Mr Pipe insisted that motorists filming the accident showed "no respect" for the driver who was injured.

Firefighters were forced to free the man, who was trapped in the badly-damaged cab for nearly three hours.

He suffered a suspected leg injury, police said.

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