This is the moment an impatient Range Rover driver went the wrong way down the M6 hard shoulder – in an apparent bid to jump a queue.
The footage was captured by a lorry driver who branded the reckless driver, and several others who attempted it, ‘selfish’ and ‘idiotic.’
He told the Manchester Evening News he was was “left stunned” after witnessing drivers attempting to avoid the traffic which had been caused by a serious crash involving an overturned trailer containing a number of live cows.
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 brought to a standstill after the 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 said he went up to the female driver to question her decision but was just looked at blankly.
He added: “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’s 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.
It is not known whether the footage is being investigated by police.