Lee Allwright suddenly put on his brakes after becoming outraged that he’d been flashed by a BMW driver, who thought the 29-year-old was driving aggressively on the A27 in West Sussex.
As both drivers ground to a halt in the middle lane of the busy stretch in Shoreham, a bus that was travelling behind was unable to stop in time.
CCTV from the empty bus captures the moment the driver crashed into the back of the BMW which then shunted into Allwright’s cars.
CCTV from a bus captures the moment the three vehicles crashed
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This could have been much more serious
The footage was released as Allwright, from Storrington, West Sussex, admitted dangerous driving at Worthing Magistrates’ Court and was banned from driving for two years.
Travelling in a silver Peugeot 308 at the time of the incident on 27 November 2015, Allwright was behind a BMW-X3 as both cars joined the A-road.
The video shows the 29-year-old pulling out and overtaking the black BMW – before slamming on his brakes and coming to a standstill in retaliation to being flashed.
The footage shows Allwright pulling out in front of the BMW
The BMW reacts just in time as he manages to narrowly avoid a collision with the car.
However, the accompanying bus could not stop or swerve out of the way and smashed into the vehicles.
Speaking after Allwright was banned from driving, a spokesman for Sussex Police said the 29-year-old's "aggressive and petulant" driving caused the crash.
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The footage shows the bus was unable to stop and crashes into the back of the BMW
PC Jon Bennion-Jones said: "Fortunately, there were no passengers on the bus and the incident was caught on their CCTV system.
“This could have been much more serious and could have resulted in someone being injured or killed.
"Allwright's actions show his total disregard for anyone else and how a moment of madness has cost him his licence."
Allwright before magistrates on Thursday after admitted dangerous driving on November 27, 2015.
He was given a two-year ban with an extended retest, 200 hours of community service and around £835 in fines and costs, and was told by magistrates he had narrowly avoided 12 weeks imprisonment.
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