A taxi driver has spoken of her terror when was faced by a car driving along the M5 in the wrong direction.
The Bristol Post reports that taxi driver Jayne May had picked up a son and his mother from Hall and Woodhouse at 11pm on Thursday, August 10 and had joined the M5 at Portishead.
Jayne, who works for 277 Taxis, was taking the pair back to Weston-super-Mare and had just passed the Clevedon junction when she saw headlights coming towards her.
Jayne, of Nailsea, said: “It was a quiet night on the motorway and I was driving along chatting with my passengers.
“I could see the tail lights of four or five cars ahead in the distance.
“Then all of a sudden I saw the lights of the car in front of me completely disappear. Then I saw a car coming towards me in the fast lane with its lights on full beam and its fog lights on.
“Initially the driver was in the fast lane and so was I, so I moved into the middle lane.
“The driver then did the same and I went into the inside lane and so did they.
“It was pitch black and I was being blinded by the lights.
“The only action I could take was to keep my passengers safe was to move onto the hard shoulder to avoid the car.
“A call was then made to the police.”
The incident left Jayne’s passengers shaken. “It was absolutely terrifying,” said Jayne.
“But I was more concerned about my passengers. I knew I had to take decisive action or we could have been killed.”
It is not the first time that Jayne has had to deal with a car hurtling towards her in the wrong direction.
Five years ago she was coming home from a military function in Clifton along the A370 Long Ashton bypass when she faced a car travelling in the opposite direction.
The incident on a recent Thursday night was first reported to police at 11.10pm and the driver was stopped by police officers at 11.26pm after it was spotted between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.
Shocking dashcam footage has emerged showing the car driving towards oncoming traffic in the southbound carriageway.
Other drivers said they were forced to swerve to get out the way of the vehicle.
Jayne said: “I acted calmly and didn’t panic. I was travelling about 60mph.
“It is a complete miracle that no one was killed. It could have been carnage.”
Jayne then dropped off her passengers.
“The young man turned round when I dropped him off and said ‘thank you for saving my life’.”
Jayne was taught to drive by her dad in a Silver Cloud Rolls Royce.
“My dad taught me to drive and was the best driver in the world,” added Jayne.
“He was definitely looking over me last night.”
A police spokesman said: “We received reports of a car travelling in the wrong direction of the M5 north in the southbound lane between junction 21 and 19.
“About 11.10pm was the report and the vehicle was stopped at 11.26pm. The driver was assisted on his way.”
Police could not confirm the cause or circumstances of the incident, but there were no crashes or injuries as a result.