Search

Video: Hornchurch man takes horrifying film of driver speeding wrong way up A road fast lane

10:04 11 February 2014

The woman was driving about 50mph in the wrong direction of the motorway. Picture: Tom Hind

The woman was driving about 50mph in the wrong direction of the motorway. Picture: Tom Hind

Archant

A Hornchurch man caught on camera the terrifying mayhem caused by a motorist who drove for ten miles in the wrong direction in the fast lane of a motorway.

The driver was found to be suffering from mental health problems. Picture: Tom HindThe driver was found to be suffering from mental health problems. Picture: Tom Hind

Oncoming drivers were forced to take evasive action in the northbound carriageway of the busy A11 and A14 roads as the woman driver, from Ilford, drove at an estimated 50mph in the direction of Cambridge.

Tom Hind, a piano technician, who took the video on his mobile phone, was a passenger in a car being driven by his dad when he spotted the red Citroën.

“I was checking some emails on my phone, looked up, saw the car, looked back at my phone, and then realised what I had just seen,” he said.

“It was just horrifying. People were honking their horns and flashing lights to get her attention but she just seemed totally oblivious. We were just in sheer amazement.

“In the outside lane of the motorway you are only going to hit one thing and that’s another car. If she’s doing 50 and the other car is doing 70 and there was a family in there, then it would have been horrific.”

Cambridgeshire Police were flooded with 999 calls reporting the incident at around 1.30pm on Sunday.

Officers were quickly set in pursuit of the car, which travelled along the A11 before reaching the junction with the A14, where it continued in the wrong direction.

Police managed to stop the woman before a serious incident occurred by putting a rolling roadblock in place and bringing her to a stop near Exning.

Video of the incident shows drivers moving to avoid the woman’s Citroen, while flashing lights and sounding their horns in warning to her.

A police spokesman said the driver had mental health problems and had been taken home without charge.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:30
The Royal British Legion Band and Corps Romford. Picture: Royal British Legion Band and Corps Romford

A marching band that will be celebrating its 65th anniversary later this year is on the look out for new enthusiastic members.

Yesterday, 15:30
The latest fly-tip in Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster

Fly-tipping could cost the council up to £1million this year, the council has suggested.

Yesterday, 14:30
Picture of the Range Rover stolen in Collier Row last Friday.

A family has been left “absolutely devastated” after a thief broke into their home while they were sleeping and fled with an expensive Range Rover.

Yesterday, 14:00
Havering Mind's £35,000 funding for its mentoring programme will not be renewd by Havering Council, when it comes to an end in March. Picture credit: PA images

A mental health charity’s mentoring service is due to close after the council decided not to renew its funding.

Yesterday, 13:00
From left to right, Kayleigh Duck, eight, peer mediator Ruby Howard, 11 and Ronnie Hardy, nine. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

A handful of schools around the borough have adopted an unconventional method of resolving issues between pupils.

Yesterday, 10:30
Sue Hedges and April Hayden, in white T-shirts, joined a march to end knife crime.

In a show of strength relatives of stabbing victim Ricky Hayden joined more than 100 people to march against knife crime on Friday.

Yesterday, 09:10
Upminster Station

There is no service between Romford and Upminster after the only train on the line broke down.

Yesterday, 09:00
The Romford MP last year campaigning for the blue passport to return as a sign of Britains independence.

Romford MP and big Brexit supporter Andrew Rosindell hailed Theresa May’s ambitious speech after she indicated she would be pursuing a “hard” Brexit.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now