Lorry Driver Jailed For Hitting Queuing Traffic In Stratford Upon Avon

23 May 2016, 18:24 | Updated: 23 May 2016, 18:32

A lorry driver who ploughed into the back of queuing traffic in Stratford upon Avon has been jailed.

54-year-old Martin Gibson from Gloucester hit five cars on the A46 last May leaving some people with life changing injuries.

He's been jailed for 15 months.

Dashcam footage from the articulated lorry showed Gibson running into the back of a Renault Kangoo van and going on to hit a Volkswagen Golf, a BMW 1 Series, and a Nissan Qashqai.

A Kawasaki motorcycle was also involved in the crash, on the A46 at Bishopton, Stratford-upon-Avon, on May 21 last year.

Police said the drivers of the other vehicles were left with serious injuries "some of which were deemed life-changing'' as a result of Gibson not "paying attention to the road''.

He's been sentenced to 15 months in prison at Warwick Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to five counts of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing, police said.

PC Craig Marshall of Warwickshire Police's operational patrol unit said the force had issued the dashcam footage as a warning to drivers to pay attention when behind the wheel.

He said: "Mr Gibson's dangerous driving had caused substantial damage, and had the potential to cause loss of life of those within the vehicles that were struck in the space of a few seconds.

"All of this could have been avoided if he had paid attention to the road and anticipated possible traffic conditions ahead involving actions of other drivers.

"This just shows that not paying attention when behind the wheel of any vehicle can have life changing effects to those involved.

"I hope the sentence handed down by the court sends a stark warning to anyone who takes irresponsible and dangerous risks on the roads - it is simply not worth it.''