Renewed concern for roadside recovery agents following M6 crash

Highways officer injured after car ploughed into his 4x4 while recovery patrol man assisted broken down vehicle

Renewed concern for roadside recovery agents following M6 crash

A Highways England Traffic Officer was assisting in the recovery of a broken down vehicle on the M6 in the early hours of yesterday morning when an Audi crashed into the back of the liveried vehicle.

The remains of the Audi that crashed into the Highways England vehicle. Image: Walsall Red Watch/West Midlands Fire Service.

Both the Highways England vehicle and recovery truck were illuminated with emergency beacon lights to warn approaching drivers of the breakdown when the incident occurred.

A police spokesman tweeted: “Just shows how dangerous the motorways are.

“Our colleagues from [Highways England] were dealing with a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder with all their emergency beacons on when someone not paying attention collided with the HE vehicle.

“Luckily minor injury.”

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West Midlands Ambulance Service said a man had to be cut free from one of the vehicles and was taken to Sandwell Hospital with rib pain

A second man in his 30s was also taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

The incident happened near junction seven on the M6 in the Midlands.

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  • #157043 Reply

    jim walker

    Typical Audi driver wasn’t watching what he was doing, lucky the patrol l man wasn’t hurt to bad. Shame the Audi driver survived !

    #157048 Reply

    Peter Miles

    How on earth do you manage to not see two liveried-up vehicles with warning beacons going?
    I’m glad the patrolman wasn’t too badly hurt and I wouldn’t wish the Audi driver dead but he should get a VERY long ban for that! In fact a short prison sentence wouldn’t seem out of place.

    #157052 Reply

    malcolm

    I am afraid that Audi drivers have come to symbolise a lot of the defects in our society today, including aggressive driving .inattention, lack of courtesy to other road users, to name but a few.

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    Colin Haynes

    This doesnt supris me I see stupid drivers doing stupid and dangerous things almost every time I do a breakdown even though the recovery truck is fully lit up, cones are in position, high vis worn and the last instants the police in asistance did not stop a taxi driver taking all my cones out and just missing me in the process I think they are drawn to bright flashing lights

    #157105 Reply

    BIGBOY

    IM A RECOVERY DRIVER MECHANIC
    IF U C A RECOVERY DRIVER IN THE HARD SHOULDER GIVE HIM SPACE
    THE BEST PART OF THIS U DONT DO A TEST FOR MOTORWAY DRIVING

    #157153 Reply

    Tim

    Just highlights how dangerous it is working at the roadside. I’ve worked in the Breakdown Recovery industry for 15 years and the situation is just getting worse. There is now a serious incident almost every month involving a breakdown vehicle at the roadside. This is why the #SlowDownMoveOver campaign is so important, not just for the Breakdown Industry, but for anyone working at the roadside

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