Terrifying moment window frames fall off a truck into the path of an HGV and drivers are forced to pull up on the M6 because there is no hard shoulder
- Shane Carey, 51, caught the footage on a dashcam installed in his 44-tonne lorry
- He was travelling on the southbound motorway near Sandbach, Cheshire
- The hard shoulder had been removed in favour of ‘smart’ motorway signs instead
An HGV driver was forced to come to a sudden stop on a live lane of the M6 after window frames fell off the back of a truck and into its path.
The video was taken on a dashcam by Shane Carey, 51, who was driving a 44-tonne lorry along the southbound motorway near Sandbach, Cheshire.
In the recording from August 7, the van carrying frames and glass can be seen overtaking the HGV using the far right-hand lane.
As it edges ahead of Shane’s lorry, suddenly two of the frames in the back of the van come loose and fall on to the road.
The frames skidded across all three lanes of the carriageway and into the path of fast-flowing oncoming traffic.
Shane breaks drastically but the momentum of his vehicle takes it over one of the frames which had landed in his path.
Both the driver of the van as well as Shane slow down and pull over as they try to retrieve the fallen windows to prevent causing further disruption.
However, they are forced to stop on a live lane as that particular stretch of motorway has no hard shoulder.
Instead, ‘smart’ motorway signs are meant to warn traffic behind to stay out of the lane.
The video was captured on a dashcam by a HGV driver as he travelled along the southbound motorway near Sandbach, Cheshire on August 7
The van carrying window frames and glass can be seen overtaking the HGV using the far right-hand lane before two frames fall off the back
But Shane today said the incident was made more dangerous because there was no hard shoulder to stop on.
Shane said: ‘I was travelling fully loaded 44-tonne lorry and I thought oh s***. I couldn’t go anywhere as I had cars around me and no hard shoulder.
‘I thought he was lucky as it wasn’t very busy like a normal day, they would have fallen on top of a passing car.
‘On a normal day this could have been a whole lot worse… as we had to stop in live lanes.
The frames skidded across all three lanes of the carriageway and directly into the path of fast-moving oncoming traffic
Shane breaks drastically but the momentum of his vehicle takes him over one of the frames which landed in his path
Both the driver of the van as well as Shane pull over as they try to retrieve the fallen windows. They have to stop on a live lane of the motorway as the hard shoulder had been removed on this particular stretch of the M6
Shane Carey, 51, has since criticised the removal of the hard shoulder in favour of ‘smart’ motorway signs and said it made the situation much more dangerous
‘They were metal frames that fell off. They got entangled around my axle and I had to free them before I could continue.
‘The hardest part was rejoining the carriage way as there is no hard shoulder I couldn’t drive down and build up my speed to rejoin. Nobody would allow me out. I had to wait for a fellow truck driver to hold the traffic.
‘I think it’s completely wrong doing away with the hard shoulder. It just creates another line of traffic making even harder for the emergency services to get through.’
Viewers agreed, including Lee England who asked: ‘How is that smart motorway in anyway safe with no hard shoulder? Bloody ridiculous!’
Gavin Spence said: ‘Terrible, terrible things.’
The Police Federation are opposed to the motorways after officers complained they had nowhere safe to stop drivers suspected of traffic offences.
MPs have also called on the government to stop the roll out of smart motorways because of safety concerns.
A 62-year-old was killed on a smart section of the M1 as she sat inside a broken down car near Sheffield last September.
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