Chaos on A1(M) in Hatfield as diabetic man suffers seizure at the wheel

PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 December 2011 | UPDATED: 10:29 20 December 2011

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A DIABETIC man, who was taken ill at the wheel, caused chaos on the A1(M) as his car "zig-zagged" across the carriageway at dangerously low speeds.

The driver’s car finally came to a stop on the central reservation near the Hatfield Tunnel, after what is believed to have been a hypoglycaemic episode on Saturday night.

One motorist, who witnessed the incident, said: “as I was driving home up the A1(M) I came across a car travelling at 10 to 50 mph zig zagging from the fast lane and back to the slow lane.

He added: “Another guy stopped in the slow lane stopping the A1(M) traffic northbound just before the Hatfield tunnel.

“We jumped out and ran over to the car and grabbed the guy’s ignition keys after he had gone into the barrier, the other guy was an off duty cop.

“We couldn’t smell any booze on his breath so I decided to check his blood sugars and it was 2.2, I found some Lucozade tablets and gave him them.”

He said after a while the man was “back to normal” and “baffled as to why his car was parked up against the central reservation”.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called at around 7.15pm on Saturday December 17.

“A man was taken ill at the wheel and was pulled over.”

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We were called at 7.53pm to junction two of the A1(M) to a man taken ill believed to be diabetic.”

He was not taken to hospital.

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