Police have released dramatic footage of a car crash on the A19 which happened because a motorist was busy looking at another accident.
Craig Harding was distracted by another collision happening on the opposite side of the road in which an elderly driver had driven the wrong way down the carriageway.
60-year-old Marilyn McKnight was travelling in her Ford Ka with her son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Rachael, when their vehicle was hit by a Volkswagen Polo being driven by Mr Harding on 15th March 2015. Ms McKnight suffered severe injuries.
Craig Harding was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The pictures were released as part of a national campaign to remind drivers to be more aware on the roads.
Senior Investigating Officer, Inspector Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said:
This footage shows what could happen should you not be giving your full attention to the road ahead. Marilyn’s life has been altered beyond recognition and her son and daughter-in-law are still suffering from the effects of that day. It’s worrying to think that a family day out could end up in such carnage."
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Durham Police have confirmed that the A19 northbound carriageway has reopened following a serious accident.
The road was closed in both directions earlier to allow an air ambulance to land.
The A19 northbound carriageway in County Durham is still closed after an accident earlier.
The road was closed in both directions for a short time to allow an air ambulance to land. The southbound carriageway reopened at around 2pm.
Recovery operation underway for vehicles involved in rtc on A19 but n/b still closed at present and maybe another hour.
The southbound carriageway of the A19 has now reopened following a serious accident. Traffic is heavy but moving.
The northbound carriageway remains closed.
The A19 in County Durham is closed in both directions following a road traffic accident.
Both carriageways are shut between Seaham and Murton to allow the Air Ambulance to land. All three emergency services are on the scene.
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