Footage shows moment impatient driver almost ploughs into binman after mounting kerb to pass refuse lorry

A camera on the side of a bin lorry captured the moment a driver narrowly avoided colliding with a refuse collector

Footage shows the heart-stopping moment a binman cheated death after an impatient driver mounted the kerb and sped past a refuse lorry.

The shocking near miss happened while binmen were collecting rubbish from homes in Alcester, Warwickshire.

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A camera on the side of the bin lorry captured the moment a driver bumped up the kerb and sped along the path.

Seconds later a binman appeared at the front of the lorry into the path of the car.

Incredibly, the driver managed to brake at the last moment, narrowly avoiding mowing down the refuse collector.

A binman has narrowly escaped being run over after an impatient driver mounted the kerb in a residential street

Footage released as warning to drivers

Stratford-upon-Avon District Council released the footage of the near miss as a warning to other drivers.

A spokesperson said: “Not only puts the lives of refuse crews at risk, but also those of pedestrians.

“All collection vehicles in Stratford District are fitted with a 360-degree video camera and have regularly recorded poor, dangerous and aggressive driving and all incidents are reported to the police.

“As well as video recordings, crews also wear high visibility shirts informing people that they are being recorded.”

Councillor Ian Shenton, for the Wootton Wawen Ward, said: “We collect over five million bins a year and collection routes have been designed to minimise disruption to residents as much as possible.

“The vast majority of drivers recognise that collections only take a few moments, and it is unfair and even reckless for inconsiderate drivers to put crews and other road users in danger.

“This footage recorded from the cameras is shocking, as it shows a driver putting their own impatience above the safety of our refuse crews and other pedestrians and potentially putting lives at risk.

“Drivers approaching collection vehicles are advised to slow down, stay back and look out for crew members - overtaking only if it is safe to do so.”

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