By Sophie Norris
This driver is lucky to be alive after his £35,000 pickup truck smashed into a Range Rover head-on on one of Britain’s most dangerous roads.
Chris Marshall, 44, collided with the other female driver who was shooting out of a junction straight into his path – caught in this dramatic dashcam footage.
He was knocked unconscious in the 45mph smash on the notorious A61 in Harrogate, North Yorks, while the camera, broken in the impact, is thrown out of position and the car’s horns can be heard.
Paramedics then rushed him to hospital 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, said: “As a result of the crash, my car was written off and I was in a bad really 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 too 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.
“The driver had three people in the car with her who were taken to Leeds General Infirmary, while I was in 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.
“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 Friday, November 26, in 2016, when footage shows the other motorist appeared to misjudge as he pulled out of a junction straight into the front of his car, leaving it with irreparable damage.
Police didn’t take any action following the prang.
Chris is now adamant that the dash-cam was the deciding factor in a dispute with the driver over who was responsible and has bought his son one.
Chris said: “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.
“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 [Aidan Marshall] 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.”