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Terror as idiot tries to thumb a lift on M6

By Sun Motors Published


A HITCH-hiker was spotted on traffic cameras risking his life as he tried to thumb a lift in the middle of a motorway.

Drivers were forced to swerve to avoid the man as he stood on the northbound carriageway of the M6 close to the junction for Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham.

Highways officers and cops saw the hiker at 7.30pm on Wednesday and took him to services.

A Central Motorway Policing Group spokesman said: “He was trying to thumb a lift to Liverpool and we advised him via an interpreter. He was taken in a police car to services.” Highways West Midlands tweeted: “The pedestrian on the #M6 at J6 has been safely removed. Quick work by @CMPG.”

Highways England said it is not legal for pedestrians to access the motorway boundary. It added: “We would also advise people not to walk along trunk roads used by large volumes of fast-moving traffic.

“Safety is our top priority and we have a responsibility to ensure everybody who uses and works on our roads is able to do so in a safe environment.”

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