Motorist filmed driving wrong way down M1 in terrifying incident

Driver tried reversing up the third lane of the M1 after realising mistake

Motorist filmed driving wrong way down M1 in terrifying incident
The driver tried reversing up the third lane of the M1 after realising their mistake.

An allegedly elderly driver has been filmed driving the wrong way down the M1, forcing motorists into action to avoid the dangerous driving.

The motorist turned right and crossed three lanes of the busy motorway before driving towards oncoming traffic.

When the male driver realised his mistake, he tried to reverse back along the far-side overtaking lane before pulling forward again.

The driver eventually manages to reverse back up the road before heading the wrong way down the slip road.

The video shows the hapless motorist join the southbound carriageway of the M1 at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, at 1pm on Monday.

Lorry driver Mark Thomas, 54, captured the terrifying moment on his dashcam as he drove from Tilbury Docks in Essex.

“I was really shaken up by it, he could have killed someone, I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

“I was doing around 60mph when I saw the car coming up on the fast lane, and slowed down to 40mph in an instant.

“I just slowed right down and put on the hazard warning lights.

“I could see a young bloke in the white van next to me brake hard and he was really straining on the seatbelt.

“The man in the silver car looked like he was 65 to 70 and was very confused.”

Mr Thomas, who has been a trucker for 32 years, said he went hoarse from shouting at the elderly driver as he started to reverse down the fast lane.

“It was lucky it was a clear day because if it had been foggy that would have been it.

“The road was busy with cars and lorries like mine and he could have caused carnage,” he added.

Do you think ADAS systems can prevent this from happening in the future? Let us know in the comments

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    Peter Miles

    Maybe I’m missing something but I just don’t see how this can happen, and yet it does!
    You must have to make a real effort to come down the wrong slip road. It’s all designed to guide you the right way only. But I suppose if you’ve totally lost it through age or medical condition it can happen and ADAS systems aren’t going to stop you all the time you can overide them. And I think you should be able to overide them!

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