Hero lorry driver set up TV so drivers stuck in jam could watch England
A lorry driver has been hailed a “hero” after setting up a TV in his cab so England could watch last night’s victory over Germany – despite being stuck in a 13 mile traffic jam. Barrie Pulford, 57, set up the TV in the footwell of his wagon and invited stranded motorists to watch the game after the M62 was closed yesterday (Tues). Modest Barrie said he did ‘what needed to be done’ after hundreds of motorists were stuck on the M62 westbound after a Carling van suddenly burst into flames.
The fire caused severe delays and miles of tailbacks, leaving hundreds of football fans stuck in traffic and fearing they would be unable to watch the Euro2020 showdown.
But the kind-hearted lorry driver realised he had a tv in his cab and set it up in the footwell and invited fellow footy fans to gather round and witness the historic victory. He said that potentially missing England’s 2-0 victory against Germany because a Carling lorry was ablaze was the ‘most British thing I have ever heard of’. Barrie, from Wigan, Gtr Manchester, said: “I wouldn’t class myself as a hero, but I did what needed to be done.
We all wanted to watch it. “Everyone was so nervous about missing the match, and I said we won’t there’s no chance we miss it. “I said it’s alright I’ve got a television.
A lorry driver has been hailed a hero after saving commuters from missing England’s historic victory against Germany after they were stuck on the M62
“It went from being a terrible day, to a lovely experience.
It was brilliant. “It was the most British thing I’ve ever heard of, a Carling truck going on fire on the day England plays. “We were there for five hours but everyone was in good spirits.”
Supporters were stuck in their cars on the motorway for more than two hours, following the fire which started at around 1pm. Many resigned to listening to the game on the radio as they sat in 13 miles of tailbacks on the motorway. The westbound carriageway was closed between junction 21 and 22 when the Carling beer truck caught fire.
Traffic was stopped shortly after 1.10pm, and queues built up throughout the afternoon, with tailbacks currently reaching back 13 miles, past junction 25.
Other good samaritans also saved the day for fellow fans and radio presenter Rich Williams tweeted to say he watched the match in the back of a stranger’s van.
Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols, who had spent the day cavassing in Batley and Spen, tweeted a photo of the truck on fire with the caption: “Pleased to see that this sacrifice to the footballing gods has been accepted, even if having to listen to the game on 5Live having been stuck in a traffic jam for 3 hours behind it on the M62 has been far from ideal.
“It’s coming home!”
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