Hero dad saved driver he feared was dead after suffering seizure on motorway

A hero dad saved a "dead-looking" motorist dripping with blood who was driving at 30mph on a motorway fast lane.

Confused John Barlow, 59, looked into a slow-moving vehicle for an explanation behind its dangerous speed and suddenly leapt into action on the M62 near Leeds on Saturday, Manchester Evening News reports.

With his wife Kirsty and son Joey in the car, John from Rochdale managed to bring the teetering Audi to a halt and bravely stepped out into the road to discover the man was "barely breathing".

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After multiple motorists simply undertook the vehicle hogging the fast lane, John's initial action prompted others to get out and help – which is when it became clear the driver had suffered a seizure.

John shared a post on Facebook telling of how he got his Hyundai in front of the Audi and managed to bring the car to a stop before jumping out to help the man.

After desperate attempts to break into the locked car using his elbow, John told how he was helped by a passing tradesman who offered his hammer to get access to the man.

Others then stopped to help, including a doctor on the other carriageway of the M62 who travelled to the next junction, turned around then battled through the backed-up traffic to get to work with a defibrillator.

The social media post, which has been shared over 20,000 times, told of how John had later received a call from Yorkshire Police informing him that the man had suffered a seizure and was now stable and able to return home to his family.

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John said: "I noticed the traffic slowing and it was bizarre because there was no reason why. I saw a car going slower than everyone else and people were just undertaking it.

"I thought something wasn't right. He just carried on at 30mph and I was cursing him a bit at first thinking he was just daft.

"When I looked in the car it was pretty horrific really. He was just grey and there was blood coming from is lips. He looked dead basically."

The dad had been driving with wife Kirsty and son Joey, seven, to pick up a new kitten in Pontefract in West Yorkshire when the dramatic incident unfolded.

His son, who was sitting in the back, screamed as the car behind bumped into them.

He said: "I told my wife to stay in the car. It is crazy now when I think about it but I just did it. Fortunately people did slow down and the traffic did come to a standstill."

John was helped by the tradesman who opened the driver's airway by tilting his jaw backwards – at which point the man took a gasp of air.

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A physio and an off-duty female police officer took over the first aid until paramedics arrived.

He said: "Everyone was amazing, it was a real team effort. I just want to emphasise that although I stopped the car it really was a joint effort."


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