A brave mum and daughter were left wrestling with their out-of-control car after her husband died at the wheel on the motorway.Michael Porter’s wife Jackie and daughters Evie and Lydia were driving home from a family wedding when tragedy struck. Jackie told how she and Lydia battled to keep the car on the road after her 45 year-old husband collapsed on the M18 in Yorkshire.
She said: “Michael seemed fine. He was quiet, but he was concentrating on driving. Then he just suddenly…went. No warning. Nothing.” The tragedy happened on a slip road on the M18 in South Yorkshire.
Mrs Porter, 45, added: “I leaned over and tried to steer, but the car veered to the right. I remember shouting, ‘Help me’ and Lydia undoing her seat belt, and together we tried to keep the car on the road. There was a bang, when we must have hit a barrier, and the car started to roll. It was over so quickly.”
A police officer saw the car leaving the motorway, before rolling four or five times down an embankment. It came to rest on its roof. Mrs Porter and Lydia managed to climb out of the wreckage. Evie was trapped but freed quickly by the emergency services. Mr Porter, 45, a sales engineer from Hull, East Yorks, could not be saved.