Driver cheated death after motorway smash

Crash on M62 eastbound, between junction 22 and 23
Crash on M62 eastbound, between junction 22 and 23

A WIGAN man cheated death after a huge lorry ploughed into his car in a terrifying motorway crash.

Martin Hallsworth of Ashton miraculously escaped unscathed after his Vauxhall Insignia saloon was slammed by a Portuguese truck on the M62 on Wednesday.

Martin Hallsworth with his daughter

Martin Hallsworth with his daughter

The badly shaken 39-year-old was lucky to survive after the HGV dragged the car across the eastbound carriageway near Outlane, at around 9.45am.

Luckily Martin and his colleague and passenger, Elizabeth Rawding, suffered only minor injuries and was treated at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, but he admits the incident will haunt him for months.

He said: “I genuinely thought that this was it and my time was up. I thought I was going to die. But when it happens your adrenaline just kicked in and all I remember was just thinking if my colleague was OK or if she had been injured.”

Martin had been driving at around 70mph in the middle lane, on his way to a business meeting in Halifax, when out of nowhere, the truck collided with the back of his car.

He said: “I just started to lose control of the car, I had no idea what was happening as the back of the car just went. And the next minute it was on its side and we were being dragged in front of the lorry. Luckily we had ended up there as we could have ended up infront of the oncoming traffic. It could have been a very different story, I hate to think about what could have happened.

“My instinct was just to keep tight hold of the wheel because if I had let go we would have flipped over for sure.

“We were told by police that the vehicle was a left-hand drive and the driver must have had a blind spot where he was unable to see us. When you look at the pictures from the incident I realise just how lucky we were.”