Pensioner taken to hospital after car driven wrong way along M42


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A PENSIONER has been taken to hospital after motorway police spotted a car travelling the wrong way along one of the region’s M42 this morning.

Eagle-eyed officers who monitor the cameras covering the central motorway network came across the car travelling dangerously into oncoming traffic on the M42 at 1.20am today, Thursday 9 February.

Calls from alarmed members of the public also started to flood in after the grey coloured Mitsubishi Colt was seen driving towards the M5, going the wrong way along the northbound carriageway.

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group were at the scene within four minutes and starting to put a rolling road block in place around junction 5 to stop the vehicle.

The driver was stopped on the M5 near Droitwich a short time later, and the 80-year-old was transferred to hospital, for treatment in relation to an existing medical condition.

Chief Inspector Carl Flynn, from the Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Our officers acted quickly and decisively to try and stop the motorist from posing a further threat to other road users and himself.

“The nature of the man’s driving was of great cause for concern, and despite the road block the car was still driven erratically and dangerously in the wrong direction into stationary traffic.

“Our officers bravely intercepted the vehicle and spun the car so that it was then facing in the right direction. Unfortunately the vehicle then collided with a police officer, who was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

“After making further enquiries it appears the elderly gentleman was unwell, and we will now investigate whether his condition played any part in these events.”

The man, who is from South Staffordshire, was detained and taken to hospital where he was kept in for observations.