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17 July 2018, 13:27 | Updated: 17 July 2018, 13:33
Chilling dashcam footage has been released showing a 120mph motorway crash which involved three cars.
The horror smash was caught on one of the driver’s own dashcams down the A1 north of Newcastle in December.
Remarkably, nobody was seriously hurt when Farid Ferdosian, Tyrone Doran and his girlfriend Amy Ferguson all crashed their cars.
Newcastle Crown Court was told that witnesses had seen the three cars travelling in convoy in the moments leading up to the crash.
One witness told police: “It was clear to me and anyone else who saw this that the cars were racing each other.”
The dashcam shows Ferdosian's Mini Cooper and Ferguson's Seat Ibiza smashing into the back of a lorry, with Doran’s Volkswagen crashing into the Mini.
Retail manager Fedorian, 32, of Westgarth, Westerhope, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and two offences of speeding in relation to the earlier driving.
He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with a three-and-a-half year road ban and 70 hours unpaid work.
Ferguson, 20, of Woodside Avenue, Seaton Deleval, Northumberland, admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with 40 hours unpaid work and an 18 month road ban.
Doran, 23, also of Woodside Avenue, Searon Deleval, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was also sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with an 18 month disqualification.
PC Ronnie Brown said: "It is a miracle that nobody was killed".
He added: "The footage that we have released speaks for itself. The standard of driving was appalling and was clearly endangering other road users.
"Thankfully we were able to recover the dashboard camera and this enabled us to piece together exactly how the collision took place and detect the speed the vehicles were travelling at.