15 Motorists Face Prosecution After Taking Mobile Phone Pics Of Teddy Bear Lorry Crash
Fifteen motorists who took snapshots of a lorry full of teddy bears and other vehicles involved in a “serious” four lorry pile-up were stopped by police and are due to face prosecution.
The BBC reports that a lorry loaded with several tonnes of teddy bears was travelling on the A14 in Cambridgeshire, U.K, before becoming involved in a major collision with three other HGVs.
Following the collision, which happened in the early hours of the morning and caused the westbound carriageway to close for rush hour, two of the lorry drivers were taken to hospital suffering from unconfirmed injuries.
The Mirror reports that Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said one of the injured drivers had to be cut from his vehicle.
Cambridgeshire Police confirmed that although none of the lorries lost their loads during the pile-up, it was revealed that one truck was carrying a cargo of teddy bears weighing in at seven-and-a-half-tonnes.
In the immediate aftermath of the four truck pile-up, the A14 was closed for a 16-mile stretch causing chaos for the commuters.
As motorists waited patiently in the growing queues of traffic, they were treated to free muffins by staff from a nearby shop who were spotted handing out the treats for the motorists to eat while they waited for the road to be re-opened.
When the road reopened and the long line of motorists began to slowly move, at least 15 motorists were caught by Cambridgeshire police taking pictures or filming images of the teddy bear lorry crash site on their mobile phones.
A police spokesman explained that the offending motorists were stopped for using a mobile phone while driving and would be sent a court summons within 14 days.
Motorist Ryan Ferrara was at the site of the teddy bear lorry crash, and although he didn’t film or take any pictures he told Cambridge News that he saw plenty of motorists who did.
“I drove past at around 8.20am this morning coming towards Milton on the A14.
“On the other side two lorries had crashed into one another, both cabs of the lorries are totally obliterated.
“The load of second lorry looked like it had come loose and shot forward. The first lorry had stopped and crashed in to the side barrier.
“The crash is one of the worst I’ve ever seen on the A14, I’d like to think both drivers are okay, but it would be a miracle if both of them come out unmarked.”
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