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Range Rover driver filmed going wrong way down M6 hard shoulder

Range Rover driver filmed going wrong way down M6 hard shoulder
15 Sep
1:57

This is the moment a Ranger Rover driver tried to get out of a motorway queue on the M6 – by driving the wrong way down the hard shoulder.

The lorry driver who filmed it has now branded the driver, and several others who attempted it, ‘selfish’ and ‘idiotic.’

He was one of dozens of drivers stuck after a serious crash closed the M6 on Thursday where a vehicle containing a number of live cows overturned.

However he says he was left stunned after several drivers attempted to avoid the wait by turning round and driving the wrong way down the hard shoulder.

Mobile phone footage shot by the driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, shows him berating the motorist, before they abandon the bid and re-join the queuing traffic.

Traffic was stopped on the M6 on Thursday

Traffic had been brought to a standstill after a five-vehicle crash near junction 21A of the southbound carriageway of the M6, the Croft Interchange shortly before 11am.

One of the vehicles was towing a trailer containing a number of cows.

No motorist or animals were harmed.

However given the nature of the incident recovery of the vehicles took a while, with traffic being halted for a time and delays lasting several hours.

The HGV driver who shot the footage says he could not believe someone was using the hard shoulder to try and get off the motorway in the wrong direction when the emergency services needed access to the crash scene.

The 52 year-old from Eccles said: “I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“As a lorry driver you see some stupid things on the roads but this was another level.

“At the time we didn’t know what was happening. For all we knew someone could have dead or threatening to jump from a bridge.

“The hard shoulder is there for emergency services. Just before they drove along it I saw some vets being escorted and then an ambulance.

“The driver could have crashed into them, or at worst, would have blocked their path.

The lorry driver who filmed it has now branded the driver, and several others who attempted it, ‘selfish’ and ‘idiotic.’

“I went up to her and asked why they thought they were different to everyone else.

“They just looked at me and didn’t say anything as they knew they were in the wrong.

“There was a Mercedes driver behind her who started to follow her but then changed their mind as well.

“It’s just so selfish and idiotic.

“We were stuck for an hour in the end. It’s an hour of your life when someone could be dead or need saving. It beggars belief.”

The Highway Code states you must not stop on the hard shoulder, slip road, central reservation or verge except in an emergency, or when told to do by the police whilst driving the wrong way on a motorway is an offence in itself.

Source: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/m6-mobile-hard-shoulder-video-15153348

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