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Wrong way on M6 lorry, full report

by Jane Hesketh

A lorry driver has been jailed for eight months after driving the wrong way along the M6, more than twice the drink-drive limit.

50-year-old Pal Korbely from Hungary was stopped by police after motorists were forced to swerve to miss his oncoming lorry on one of the UK's busiest motorways.

Police say it is a miracle that no one was hurt or killed.

Today he received a three year driving ban and was sentenced to 8 months in prison.

CCTV footage of lorry driving wrong way on M6

This is the CCTV footage showing the moment a lorry driver drove the wrong way down the M6 motorway for ten miles.

50-year-old Pal Korbely from Hungary admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

He had parked his lorry at Hilton services on the M6 on Saturday 7th July for a rest period.

That afternoon he watched the Grand Prix with two other drivers using a satelite dish on top of his cab, he was drinking home-made plum brandy at 51% proof and beer.

At 10.30pm for no apparent reason, he drove his vehicle southbound on the northbound carriageway of the M6 with no lights on.

Amazingly there were no collisions and he was eventually stopped by three HGV drivers who blockaded the carriageway.

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CCTV shows lorry narrowly missing motorists as it travels wrong way on M6

A lorry driver who drove the wrong way down the M6 motorway for ten miles has been sentenced to 8 months in prison.

50-year-old Pal Korbely from Hungary admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

A sign warns motorists of the lorry travelling towards them Credit: CCTV via West Midlands Police

At 10.30pm for no apparent reason, he drove his vehicle southbound on the northbound carriageway of the M6 with no lights on.

Amazingly, there were no collisions and he was eventually stopped by three HGV drivers who blockaded the carriageway.

The lorry travelled for ten miles in the wrong direction along the M6 Credit: CCTV via West Midlands Police
A lorry quickly moves onto the hard shoulder to avoid being hit by the oncoming vehicle Credit: CCTV via West Midlands Police
The lorry driver continued to make his way along the motorway into the path of oncoming vehicles Credit: CCTV via West Midlands Police
A car seen here swerves onto the hard shoulder seconds before potential disaster Credit: CCTV via West Midlands Police

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