And finally… Joiner fired after CCTV road rage
The boss of a company at the centre of a road rage row caught on CCTV says he has fired the van driver seen in the footage.
The manager of APC Lofts in Salford, who did not want to be named for fears over his safety, said he was “appalled” at the driving of one of his former joiners on the M62.
He said the joiner has since been fired after being caught on camera by a lorry driver between junctions 17 and 18 of the M62 at around 12.50pm on Monday, October 12.
Since the footage has appeared online the company has been bombarded with phone calls and emails - and its website appears to have crashed. But the horrified manager told the Manchester Evening News he was appalled by the contents of the video.
He said: “It wasn’t me driving, it was one of my lads. His excuse was the lorry driver wouldn’t let him onto the motorway and he felt threatened.
“He said he was intimidated by the lorry driver who forced him onto the hard shoulder at one point.
“He felt his life was in danger and the lorry kept trying to swerve into him.
“It is no excuse and now he’s got no job just two months until Christmas. I’m appalled.”
The 43-year-old APC boss, who says his firm has been trading for more than 20 years, also told how he’s been receiving threats since the video was posted on YouTube.
In the shocking footage the van driver can be seen overtaking and cutting across the lorry on the M62 with just inches between the two vehicles.
When the lorry driver overtakes, the van driver is seen undertaking him from the inside lane at close range.
The van then brakes hard in front of the lorry forcing the wagon to come to a standstill on the central lane of the motorway.
The footage also shows the van driver gesticulating and sticking his head out of the window of his vehicle while shouting at the lorry driver.
Warning: This video contains strong language.
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