Driver causes huge pile-up overtaking in middle of packed road

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Incredible video shows the moment a reckless driver caused a huge pile-up by trying to overtake between two lines of traffic.

The blue Ford Fiesta hurtles between traffic at over 70mph before clipping a vehicle which then crashes into a van coming in the opposite direction.

Debris is then seen exploding across the A76 near Kilmarnock but remarkably there were no serious injuries.

Police have confirmed a man pled guilty in court following the incident in July 2016 but have refused to give more details.

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The RAC today described the footage as one of the most frightening displays of reckless driving you are ever likely to see.

The footage was captured by Intelligent Telematics, who supply camera equipment to HGVs and other vehicles.

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The clip begins with the HGV driving down the A76, with heavy traffic on both sides of the road.

There are visible road hatchings in the centre of the road, but within seconds a blue vehicle going at at least 70mph recklessly speeds down them.

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As the hatchings taper off, two lines of backed up traffic still fill both sides of the road – however the driver makes no moves to slow down or pull in.

After overtaking the HGV and another car in front, the blue vehicle smacks hard into the side of a white van on the left hand side of the road.

This immediately sends the car spinning across the other side of the road – directly into the side of an oncoming van.

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The impact shunts the van off the road into a grass verge, as one of the van’s tyres can be seen bounding onto the verge, while pieces of metal spin in the air.

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The collision caused multiple other vehicles to stop in fear as pieces of metal and bodywork from the vehicles involved became strewn all over the road.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “This is one of the most frightening displays of dangerous driving you are ever likely to see. The driver clearly has no thought for the safety of anyone else on the road, let alone themselves. We hope they have been appropriately punished.”

Sam Footer, of Intelligent Telematics, said: “Reckless driving, such as this crazy overtaking, represents a huge risk to all road users.”

Despite the seriousness of the incident, Police Scotland refused to help identify the driver or provide details of the charges he faced or the sentence handed down by the court.

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They would only confirm that a 23-year-old man pled guilty to road traffic offences in June last year.