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Driver of VW Polo written off in M11 four-car shunt appeals for information about BMW motorist who fled without stopping

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A family man who was involved in a four-car shunt on the M11 towards Bishop's Stortford is appealing for information after the motorist who caused the crash drove off without stopping.

The collision six days before Christmas has left Barry Callow's VW Polo a write-off – just a week after he paid £350 to get it through its MoT test!

Barry, 33, who lives with wife Sam and their three children in Farnham, was heading home from his job as a civil engineer on the A14 road widening scheme in Cambridgeshire on Thursday (Dec 19) at about 5.30pm.

Barry Callow's crumpled VW Polo (24850204)
Barry Callow's crumpled VW Polo (24850204)

The collision happened on the southbound stretch of the motorway between junctions 9 (A11) and 8 (Stortford and Stansted Airport), about a mile-and-a-half north of Newport.

Sam, 32, told the Indie that her husband was travelling in the outside of the two lanes when traffic slowed to a halt as a result of an accident ahead.

Suddenly Barry heard a screeching of tyres behind him and felt a car plough into the back of his Polo, shunting it into the vehicle ahead which in turn hit the car at the front.

Barry and the drivers of the two cars in front – believed to be a Mazda MX3 and a Range Rover – got out of their vehicles to exchange details, but the motorist who crashed into the back of him sped off.

The three drivers were left stranded with their cars straddling the outside lane and central reservation until Highways England officers arrived to guide them through the passing motorway traffic and to safety on the hard shoulder.

Barry, who suffered only whiplash injuries, believes the offending car was a BMW with a 67 number plate. It was too dark for him to be sure about its colour.

Sam said: "He sees accidents most days along there as he's been doing the route for three years, so he's been lucky not to be involved in something before.

"It's so annoying, so bad that someone can just drive off and leave three people stranded in the fast lane of the motorway!"

Sam said that Barry would not normally have been driving home at that time but had left work early as he is working around the clock to get a new kitchen fitted in time for Christmas. He has been working on it until 3am each morning before leaving for the A14 at 6.30am.

The Callow family – including children Megan, 9, Connor, 4, and one-year-old Jake – have been working on an extension to their village home for three years.

Sam said that police were reviewing camera footage from that stretch of the M11 in an effort to identify the BMW. No one was injured in the shunt.

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