Dashcam footage shows shocking crash which left Leeds University student with 'catastrophic' injuries

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This shocking dashcam footage shows how a Leeds University student was seriously injured when a lorry driver crashed into the back of queuing traffic.

Police said David Price, 65, of Chapel Lane, Manby, Lincolnshire, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for causing serious injury by dangerous driving on November 7.

A Leeds University student had to withdraw from her course after being left with catastrophic injuries when a lorry driver crashed into queuing traffic. Picture: Nottinghamshire Police

A Leeds University student had to withdraw from her course after being left with catastrophic injuries when a lorry driver crashed into queuing traffic. Picture: Nottinghamshire Police

Price pleaded guilty and was also handed a 29-month driving ban when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.

Nottinghamshire Police on Sunday released dashcam footage of the crash on June 8 2018, which shows Price driving on the A17 at Newark and failing to react in time to the queuing traffic ahead.

In the footage, his lorry smashed into the back of a Renault Clio, causing a chain reaction as the Clio collided into the back an Audi A1 which was launched forward into the back of another lorry.

The driver of the Clio suffered serious injuries including a bleed on her brain, a broken back, broken neck, broken arm, broken ribs and a broken nose.

The Leeds University student needed a number of operations for her injuries and had to withdraw from university, police said.

The driver of the Audi also suffered significant injuries, police added.

Police said as Price approached the queuing traffic he was driving at about 55mph and collided with the back of the Clio at 49mph.

Newark and Sherwood Police Inspector Heather Sutton said police released the dashcam footage to warn drivers to pay attention when behind the wheel.

"Price's dangerous driving caused catastrophic life-changing injuries within the space of a few seconds," she said in a statement.

"It could all have been avoided if he had paid attention when behind the wheel. Now he has time to reflect on the consequences of his actions in prison."