He ended up pedalling along the southern section of the M25 in Surrey. It meant long hold-ups for morning rush hour traffic.
A section of Britain's busiest motorway has had to be closed for the second time in three days - again due to a serious accident.
The Highways Agency is starting initial work on an upgrade to the M25 between Kent and Surrey.
Here's what the Dartford Crossing will look like when the tolls disappear later this year. From October, ANPR technology will be used to charge drivers - similar to the way the London Congestion charge works.
Driver will also be able to pay online, at selected shops or by phone. The crossing will still be free to use between 10pm and 6am.
Dramatic images have emerged from an earlier accident on the M25 at Junctions 9 and 10 between Wisley and Leatherhead, in the same stretch of road where a woman was killed in the early hours on New Year's Day.
The carriageway was closed until late morning. Traffic on the clockwise stretch was also held for a time to allow the air ambulance to land, according to the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser.
A woman in her 30s has been reported to be the victim of a fatal crash on the M25 near Chertsey in Surrey in the early hours of New Year's Day, a Surrey Police spokesman said.
The spokesman added:
The collision, involving a blue Lexus and a white HGV lorry which were both travelling anti-clockwise, took place between junctions 10 and 11 around 1.40am.
A woman in her 30s from the London area, who was a rear passenger in the Lexus, suffered life-changing injuries as a result of the collision and died en-route to St George's Hospital in Tooting.
The driver of the Lexus suffered minor injuries. The motorway was partially closed while emergency services dealt with the incident but was fully reopened by 6am.
Surrey Roads Police has appealed for witnesses after a person was killed in a collision on the M25 in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Sadly the RTC on the #M25 has resulted in a fatality. If you witnessed the collision at 0142hrs between J11&10. call 101 quote ref P14000113
A person has died after a collision on a motorway in the early hours of New Year's Day.
The anti-clockwise carriageway of the M25, between junctions 11 for Chertsey in Surrey, and junction 10 for the A3, was closed for several hours following the accident involving a car and a lorry which happened at 1.42am.
Traffic was being diverted off the motorway and sent via Ottershaw while vehicle recovery and investigations were being carried out.
A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following after reports of an articulated vehicle being driven erratically on the M25. The incident happaned on the westbound carriageway of the motorway at around 11.30am today.
A rolling roadblock was put in place behind the HGV by police just before junction 10 and it was brought to a stop at junction 13.
The man was arrested at the scene and remains in custody while Surrey Police investigate.
The Transport Secretary will consider whether roadworks on the M25 may have contributed to a spate of accidents on the same stretch of motorway which claimed the lives of two young women.
Patrick McLoughlin described the incidents that occurred between junctions 23 and 25 as "appalling" and said that he would be looking to have a "full investigation" to determine the cause of the accidents after a number of fatalities.
Conservative MP Nick de Bois, whose Enfield North constituency takes in the relevant junctions, raised the matter in the Commons today during Transport Questions.
Part of the clockwise carriageway of the M25 is still closed following this morning's crane fire. The Highways Agency says delays are minimal.