Nottingham couple pushed up M1 'at speed' by lorry

Jack and Pat Sheldon Jack and Pat Sheldon's car was pushed at least 400 yards up the M1 by a lorry

A Nottingham driver said he is "lucky to be alive" after his car was in a collision with a lorry and pushed up the M1 at speed for at least 400 yards.

Jack Sheldon, 69, from Basford said the lorry driver only became aware he was there when his car's tyre caught fire.

Mr Sheldon's MP Graham Allen has called for legislation to force all lorries to be fitted with three mirrors to help reduce significant blind spots.

Currently, those older than five years only have to be fitted with two.

'Very frightening'

Mr Sheldon said he was driving his car, a Kia Picanto, three miles south of Junction 27 on the inside lane of the M1, on 7 February when the incident happened.

His wife Pat, 68, was travelling with him.

Mr Sheldon said the lorry was moving lanes when the collision occurred. His car span round 90 degrees and was pushed along in front of the lorry at about 50mph.

"My face was almost touching his radiator grill," he said. "My mind went blank. It was very frightening. My wife was screaming. I was trying to calm her down."

The car was damaged on the driver's side The lorry driver was alerted to the crash when the Kia Picanto 's tyre burst

The lorry only stopped when the car's tyre burst. The driver pulled over on to the hard shoulder and discovered the Sheldons' car.

"He was very surprised to see us there," said Mr Sheldon.

The couple escaped with minor injuries.

Following the incident last month, Mr Sheldon contacted Mr Allen, the MP for Nottingham North.

Mr Allen has written to the transport minister Stephen Hammond asking for legislation to force fleet operators to fit mirrors to older vehicles.

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