Drivers praised for wrong-way alert

Drivers praised for wrong-way alert

Truckers may have saved the lives of other motorway users by alerting them to an elderly driver travelling the wrong way up the M6, police say.

In a tweet on the Central Motorway Police Group's Twitter account, officers said lorry drivers had warned oncoming traffic and prevented a more serious incident.

Thanking them for their "excellent work" police said the quick-thinking haulage drivers had "shadowed" the car as it travelled north at speed on the motorway's southbound carriageway in Warwickshire at around 11pm on January 23.

The Nissan Qashqai finally came to a halt between Junctions 3 and 4 of the M6.

The motorist is now being treated in hospital for an undisclosed medical condition after being stopped by West Midlands Police near Coleshill.

A police spokesman said they had received a number of calls from worried members of the public about a car driving the wrong way up the motorway.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "It's great to see that an extremely dangerous situation has been averted by the initiative of a number of lorry drivers who shadowed the driver on the other carriageway, alerting oncoming motorists of the vehicle heading in the wrong direction."

Lorry drivers are sometimes referred to as "the knights of the road" and have in the past been praised for coming to the aid of motorists who havebroken down .

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