Lorry filmed pushing car sideways along A1 at speed

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A haulage firm launched an investigation today after a video emerged that appeared to show a lorry driver speeding along a motorway unaware a car was trapped across its bumper.

The mobile phone footage shows an Arclid Transport lorry travelling in the fast lane on the A1 near Wetherby, West Yorkshire, with a blue Renault Clio trapped sideways under its bumper.

Believed to be filmed in January by passengers in a vehicle travelling on the same road, the driver of the Clio, who has not been identified, appears to be trying to release the car from the lorry by pressing the brakes.

A male voice can be heard inside the car from which the dramatic scene was captured, shouting: "He hasn't even seen it."

It is believed the driver emerged without any serious injuries once both vehicles had come to a stop.

The footage was then posted on a YouTube page.

A spokesman for Cheshire-based Arclid Transport, which specialises in transporting bulk powders and granular products throughout the UK, said an investigation into the incident had started.

"I've no idea if the video is genuine," he said.

"We're actually doing an internal investigation at the moment."

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers were aware of the footage but had no further details at present.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "On January 13 at around 8.30am we attended a road traffic collision on the southbound A1 near Wetherby to a report that a blue Renault Clio had been in collision with an HGV.

"At the time of our attendance there were no injuries and both vehicles were on the hard shoulder of the motorway.

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"As a result, at the time, the incident was treated as a damage-only collision.

"However, in light of the new evidence that has come to light, we are reinvestigating the collision and the matter has today been passed to our major collision inquiry team and inquiries are ongoing."

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