HGV driver nominated for award after heroic actions in M6 crash

A YOUNG HGV driver who was hailed a hero for helping out at the scene of a crash on the M6 has been nominated for an award. Jesse Florence had been travelling southbound on the motorway between junction 19 for Knutsford and junction 18 for Holmes Chapel on January 14 when he saw a car aquaplane following heavy downpours. The 21-year-old, who works for hauliers Edge Transport, used his vehicle to form a barrier between oncoming traffic and the crashed car, while gesturing for other drivers to slow down as they passed the scene.

North West Motorway Police praised Jesse’s actions, calling him a hero, and he has now been nominated for a Road Haulage Association award. Now his colleagues are calling for Jesse, of Abergele, to get the recognition his actions deserved. They said: “Jesse was travelling southbound on the motorway when he saw a car lose control in the distance during heavy downpours.

“Jesse gestured for other motorists to slow down before moving across all four lanes of traffic to form a barrier between the car which aquaplaned into oncoming traffic.  “North Wales Motorway Police dubbed Jesse a hero across social media. The dashcam footage was phenomenal and he prevented what could have been a horrific motorway accident.

“A hero to us and many others, we bought him a HGV Hero hi-vis jacket. He’s humble yet a team player and reluctantly posed for a picture. “He’s taken it all in his stride, yet his actions represent being a true RHA Hero.

“We feel he should have the recognition he deserves.”

Nominations close on June 6 with a winner announced on June 11.