Watch as BMW smashes into taxi in high-speed M6 crash that flung driver in the air

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This is the horrifying moment a taxi driver is flung in the air like a rag doll and left in the path of 70mph traffic on the M6.

The victim had stopped his Ford Focus on the hard shoulder and activated his hazard lights between junctions 4a (Coleshill) and 5 (Castle Bromwich) around 1.10am on December 22, last year.

As he got out of his car, ex soldier Ben Cooke was caught on camera speeding in his BMW 118 and undertaking several cars.

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Cooke is then filmed smashing into the taxi and the driver, leaving him lying helplessly as cars in lane one swerved to avoid him.

Cooke, aged 35, walked away and got into a taxi which had stopped near to the scene of the collision.

Mercifully, an ambulance on its way to another emergency, and which Cooke had overtaken moments earlier, stopped to help the victim.

Cooke, of Chaucer Close, Tamworth, was driven to the Holiday Inn in Castle Bromwich where he checked in for the night.

He was arrested the next day and initially made no comment in interview but went on to admit causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (16 November).

He’s also been banned from driving for four years and nine months.

The taxi driver suffered a spinal fracture and multiple broken ribs as well as cuts, grazes and bruises.

He was expected to make a full recovery but had not been able to work since the collision resulting in ’emotional and financial difficulties’.

PC Nick James, from the Central Motorway Police Group, said: “This was a horrific piece of driving, in terrible weather conditions on a part of the motorway that he shouldn’t have been on as the matrix boards were displaying ‘Hard Shoulder for emergency use only’ to show it was closed.

“We don’t know exactly how fast Cooke was going, but he was clearly undertaking vehicles which would have been travelling at around 70mph.

“The taxi driver has no memory of the accident or why he had to stop on the hard shoulder.

“He was left with multiple fractures and some internal bleeding, and while he is recovering, he hasn’t yet been able to return to work.

“This footage shows that this could have been so much worse.”





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