M25 disaster averted by quick-thinking Welwyn Garden City lorry driver
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 November 2012
A QUICK-THINKING WGC lorry driver prevented disaster when he stopped an out-of-control car on the M25 after an extraordinary manoeuvre.
Ken Boon, of Kirklands, was in a Royal Mail delivery lorry close to Potters Bar when he saw a car bouncing off the central reservation and into other cars, after the driver passed out.
As the vehicles approached the Junction 24 slip road, he used his lorry to steer the car into the central reservation.
But in the aftermath of the drama, Mr Boon was told he faced an investigation by Royal Mail for damaging the lorry.
He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Someone had to stop it and a car can’t stop another car but a lorry can.
“The whole thing took about four to five minutes – no one was doing anything about it.
“It was only me being nosy; my kids could have been on the roads – someone had to do something.
“It could have been a major disaster.
“People are making out that I have done something more than I did – but it was just something that needed doing.”
After spotting the car veering across the motorway, the inquisitive Mr Boon, 49, decided to take a closer look.
As he drew nearer, he saw the driver was slumped unconscious across the two front seats.
As the drivers were approaching the slip road at Junction 24, Mr Boon used the end of his lorry to gently steer the car – which had now slowed to about 20-25mph – into the central reservation and bring it to a complete stop.
He then kicked in the car’s window and turned off the engine.
Initially Royal Mail launched an investigation into the incident, claiming that Mr Boon had deliberately damaged the lorry and delayed the delivery of mail – but this has now been dropped.
Mr Boon, downplaying his actions, said: “It’s not as bad as people are making out.”