Fast-thinking driver saves motorist having seizure in quick lane


When John Barlow set out on the M62 on Saturday along with his household, he had deliberate merely to gather a brand new kitten for his seven-year-old son.

However when, on their means there, the engineer and martial arts teacher noticed a automobile driving erratically within the quick lane, he ended up taking an unplanned, lifesaving detour.

After making an attempt to get the driving force’s consideration and seeing that the person, who was driving at round 30mph, was unconscious, he boldly determined to drive in entrance of the automobile, maintaining to the identical pace, earlier than braking very slowly in order that the automobile would hit his car and are available to a halt.

He later discovered that he had carried out a managed cease, regardless of having by no means carried out one earlier than.

He then leapt out of his automobile to attempt to save the person. One other driver helped him to drive his means into the automobile and he cleared the airway of the person, who’s in his 70s, and labored with others to avoid wasting his life.

Amazingly, his automobile escaped largely unscathed and he and Joey nonetheless managed to gather the Burmese kitten, Chip, from Scunthorpe and produce it dwelling to Middleton, Higher Manchester.

When Barlow, 59, first noticed the automobile and noticed the person unconscious behind the wheel, he was satisfied he was lifeless.

Barlow drove in entrance of the person’s automobile earlier than braking slowly. {Photograph}: PA Media

“I bought within the center lane and I used to be flashing him to maneuver over and gesturing my arms to maneuver in entrance of me, to escort him to the laborious shoulder,” he mentioned. However when the person didn’t reply, he pulled up subsequent to him and noticed that he was not nicely.

“He was utterly gray virtually and his lips had been blue, and there was blood and vomit and stuff coming down his chin,” Barlow mentioned.

“I mentioned to my spouse, ‘I believe he’s lifeless … I can’t simply go away it [the car] taking place the motorway like this.’”

He drove in entrance of him earlier than braking very slowly. “When he hit me the primary time, my little boy was screaming, however there was nothing I may do. We’d already determined then we had been going to attempt to cease him,” he mentioned.

After attempting in useless to interrupt the window of the locked door along with his elbow, one other driver helped him get in with a hammer.

Having not too long ago accomplished a primary help refresher course, he remembered to tug the person’s head again to assist him breathe – “it was like a really strained gurgle” earlier than he did this – earlier than two ladies with medical data adopted by an off-duty physician with a defibrillator got here to his help, till paramedics arrived. “It was a workforce effort,” Barlow mentioned.

He later discovered that the person had been launched from hospital and that he had had a seizure.

The automobile sustained a couple of scratches and a barely twisted body beneath the bumper, however he mentioned it’s “nothing to fret about”.

Trying again, Barlow thinks his actions had been maybe “a bit silly”, however on the time, he was decided to assist. “You simply do issues, don’t you, with out fascinated by it typically,” he added.

General, nonetheless, it was a life-affirming expertise. “All you get is unhealthy information, don’t you,” he mentioned, including: “It’s all about muggings and this and that, and everybody’s pondering [about] the state of the world, and then you definately see one thing like this and also you really realise that almost all of individuals are respectable.”

West Yorkshire police mentioned they acquired a report of a broken-down car between junctions 29 and 30 of the M62 shortly after 3.15pm on Saturday, and found {that a} doubtlessly critical collision had been prevented on account of the actions of a driver.

A spokesperson for the drive mentioned: “When officers arrived on scene, it was established that the driving force of the automobile, a person in his 70s, was having a medical episode. It was additionally established that the automobile had been dropped at a secure cease by one other motorist, due to this fact averting any potential critical collision.

“Emergency companies had been requested to attend and a highway closure was put in place whereas the person was taken to hospital for additional therapy.”

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