Motorway worker struck by piece of metal as HGV drives past him on M6

A motorway worker was struck by a piece of metal as an HGV drove past him on the M6. The man was hit by the debris after it came loose from the lorry while he was working on the carriageway. Shocking video footage of the accident shows the worker collapse to the ground when the metal hits his leg as the HGV approaches.

He is then seen getting to his feet and hobbling off the road in front of the driver, who stopped to make sure he was okay. A spokesperson for Highways England said: "Camera footage captured the moment a piece of metal struck a road worker on the M6 after it came off a passing HGV and hit his leg. "He was working on the central reservation as part of the upgrade of the motorway between junctions 13 and 15 in Staffordshire when hurt.

"Fortunately he did not suffer any serious injuries or broken bones."

A piece of metal struck a motorway worker as an HGV drove past him on the M6

The footage was released as part of the road authority's campaign to make sure people secure items to their vehicle correctly. Highways England workers have seen a sofa, a king size mattress and even bikes fall from cars and vans onto some of the country's busiest roads.

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Traffic officers have revealed some of the unusual loads they've come across and the danger they'e caused after falling onto the motorway. A spokesperson said: "More than 46,000 items were found on England's motorways and major A roads over just ten months, 9,271 of which were in the North West.

Highways England are appealing for drivers to make sure items are secured to their vehicles properly before setting off on major roads

"Highways England traffic officers in the region have dealt with everything from a ship's mast and double-glazed door to windows and garden sheds.

"With the summer staycation fast approaching, there will be many more drivers with loads such as bikes and roof boxes strapped to their vehicles.

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"So today Highways England is urging all drivers to make sure their loads are safely secured before they set off. "Apart from leaving the owners out of pocket and maybe without a tent for their camping trip, these items pose a big safety risk for other people on the road including the traffic officers who help clear them up. "

A sofa, a king sized mattress and even bikes are just some of the items to fall from cars and vans on the motorway

Highways England Traffic Officers experience first-hand the range of items found on England's motorways and the impact they can have on drivers. On Road Team Manager Glenn Lamont who patrols roads in Cumbria said: "I personally have dealt with roof boxes, bicycles, sofas, LGV trailer roofs, a domestic oil tank and many other weird objects.

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"The most unusual item I came across was a 40ft mast off a sailing ship.

"It was at an angle across two lanes. We never found the owner. "Often people buy items on social media market places and then the buyer turns up to collect it in a small car, with no trailer, and simply ties it to the roof hoping for the best.

What could go wrong? "But shed loads can close a road for several hours as well as putting people at risk. "So our advice is simple: Secure your load before you set out.

It could prevent an accident and save lives."

On Road Team Manager Rob Frost, who is based in South Yorkshire, said: "We have had fence panels, a shed, tools, tool boxes, motorcycle bags and top boxes - the whole contents of one family's top box was spread all over three lanes of the M62 as they were returning from holiday."

Traffic officers also had to deal with a steel chute from a cement mixer lorry on the M6 in Cumbria.

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