Kay Miller said she was certain she would not come out of the crash alive as the juggernaut truck ploughed into her Hyundai i30 and sent it spinning. Thankfully, the 39-year-old, her partner Sarah Miller, 38, and their three-year-old son Harvey did not suffer serious injuries in the smash which happened on the M25 anti-clockwise near Junction 26 in Waltham Cross on Sunday evening. Kay was incensed when the Czech national behind the wheel of the left-hand drive lorry told her he could not see the car overtaking him as he moved into the right lane.
She is now calling for a change in UK laws to make it illegal for people to use left-hand drive lorries without extended mirrors to ensure full vision on all sides.
Kay told Express.co.uk: “We were overtaking the juggernaut and before I knew it we were spinning.
“It felt like forever. I could hear this awful screech.
“As we were being carried along the motorway I thought we were not going to get out of it alive.
“I thought that was it when the lorry was on top of us and we were being dragged. The force was unbelievable.
“It was the most terrifying moment of my entire life.”
Little Harvey was seated in the backseat next to the door which was jammed against the front of the European lorry.
As the lorry driver remained oblivious to what was going on in front of him, passing motorists began frantically beeping and he eventually stopped.
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The criminal justice drugs worker said last weekend’s incident marked the second time a left-hand lorry had crashed into her in recent years.
Kay, of Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, is campaigning for new rules to ensure safer driving on British roads.
She added: “Really, it should be illegal to drive on our roads without an extended mirror.
“I just think the laws need to be changed. I would like to see lorries being checked to make sure drivers can see all angles of their lorry.
“This is the second time this has happened to me and I just want to raise awareness.
“So many people have said to me they’ve had accidents with foreign lorry drivers who said they couldn’t see them.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.
“We play a leading role in setting high standards for vehicles across Europe, including developing ways to improve vision for drivers around all types of vehicles.”
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has been contacted for comment.
A spokesman for Essex Police said the driver of the lorry was issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) but did not say how much he was fined.
FPNs range from £50 to £300 depending on the severity of the offence.
The spokesman said: “I can confirm that the driver was dealt with for careless driving.
“He was given a fixed penalty notice on the spot when our officers attended.”