The Daily Telegraph

Lifesaver driver halts seizure victim’s runaway car on M62

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

A MOTORIST saved a driver’s life after realising he had taken ill at the wheel of his car in a motorway overtaking lane.

John Barlow at first thought the man was dead when he looked at the Audi heading slowly along the overtaking lane of the M62 near Leeds on Saturday.

But Mr Barlow managed to avert a potential crash by getting his Hyundai in front of the Audi, then easing the car to a halt, before getting out to help the man, who was barely breathing.

Mr Barlow was helped by a tradesman with a hammer to get access to the driver, and tilted his head back to free his airway. Others then stopped to help, including a doctor on the other carriagewa­y, who travelled to the next junction, turned round then drove through the backed-up traffic to get to work with a defibrilla­tor.

Mr Barlow, a 59-year-old martial arts instructor from Middleton, Greater Manchester, was driving his wife Kirsty and son Joey, seven, to pick up a new kitten. His son screamed as the Audi bumped into the car.

“I guess the car behind was going 30mph, he hit my car a couple of times and then we came to a stop,” he said.

Mr Barlow said others who helped, taking over from him on first aid before paramedics arrived, included a physio and an off-duty female police officer. He said: “Everyone was amazing, it was a real team effort.”

The stricken driver had suffered a seizure but was well enough to go home, police told Mr Barlow, when they phoned to thank him the next day.

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