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Watch skidding car almost hit a police constable on M57

Poor weather caused the driver to lose control on the motoroway in January

This is the horrifying moment a police officer came within inches of being struck by an out-of-control car on the M57 near Knowsley .

The roads policing constable was seconds away from being hit by a skidding vehicle which had spun in poor weather.

The car slides sideways into the hard shoulder before smashing into a parked vehicle on the side of the road.

The officer, part of the North West Motorway Police Group, had been on duty on the M57 and had been attending a report of a multi-vehicle road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway near junction 2 in Knowsley when the incident occurred at just after 5.30pm on Saturday, January 30.

The car, a Mercedes, slid across the carriageway, narrowly missing a police vehicle and a Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service appliance before hitting the rear of a Highways Agency vehicle. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage.

Neither the driver of the Mercedes or the constable suffered serious injuries.

Foads policing Chief Inspector John Hogan said: “Motorway signs are there to tell you to slow down for a reason. The weather that evening was very poor with heavy sleet and hail, causing the road to be very slippy.

“Every journey should be approached as a different journey and especially with the winter months currently upon us people really need to be slowing down to meet the challenging road conditions and adjust their driving accordingly.

“A lot of collisions also happen within a couple of miles of home so drivers should never become complacent and stop concentrating just because they are nearing home.

“Luckily the constable and the driver of the Mercedes were not seriously injured but sadly we frequently have to deal with fatal collisions that could so easily have been avoided.

“The driver of the car has been recommended to attend a driver awareness course.”



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