A1(M) hero who prevented disaster praised

PUBLISHED: 13:17 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:18 17 February 2014

Drew has been nominated for a Royal Humane Society award after becoming involved in a serious accident on the A1(M) in which a man was killed. Drew helped prevent any further harm

Drew has been nominated for a Royal Humane Society award after becoming involved in a serious accident on the A1(M) in which a man was killed. Drew helped prevent any further harm

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A driver who put himself in “considerable danger” to prevent a disaster on the A1(M) near Welwyn is set for an award.

Drew McLean, 32, was driving to work in November last year when he saw a car “bouncing” off of the central reservation on the southbound carriageway near to Junction 6.

Mr McLean attempted to gain the driver’s attention by sounding his horn but, when he drew up alongside him, discovered he had passed out at the wheel.

The driver’s automatic vehicle, a Kia Sorento, continued to travel along the road at approximately 60mph.

Mr McLean was forced to drive his vehicle, a Ford panel van, in front of the other driver and hit his brakes, to prevent the car from continuing forward.

Mr McLean said: “When I stopped the van, I realised his engine was still going and still pushing me further down the road.

“It’s only because a few more people stopped to help that we managed to take some control of the situation and stop it from getting any worse.

“I didn’t even stop to think about what was happening, it all went so fast. I saw him unconscious at the wheel and knew I had to do something.”

The driver of the Kia, a man in his 50s, was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage but died shortly after arrival.

Mr McLean, of Wisden Road in Stevenage, will receive the Testimonial on Vellum from the Royal Humane Society, a prize the society says can only be awarded to “someone who has put themselves in considerable danger to save, or attempt to save, someone else.”

Mr McLean will receive his award in a ceremony at the Hertfordshire police headquarters in Stanborough, WGC, on June 5.


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