M62 heroes thanked for coming to a stranded mum’s rescue

Highways Agency Traffic Officers Gary Reece (left) and Martin Costello who helped a yougn owman and her baby from the motorway hard shoulder
Highways Agency Traffic Officers Gary Reece (left) and Martin Costello who helped a yougn owman and her baby from the motorway hard shoulder

A MUM stranded on the motorway with her baby daughter when her car lights failed has thanked the men who came to her rescue.

Collette Leyland, from Todmorden, said her worst fear came true when she found herself stuck on the hard shoulder of the M62 with nine-month-old Sarah.

But luckily help was at hand in the form of Highways Agency traffic officers Gary Reece and Martin Costello.

They were clearing the scene of an incident along the M62 eastbound, near Birchwood, when they spotted Collette’s car on the hard shoulder.

They went over to give safety advice, discovered a distressed Collette, and helped her get off the motorway.

She said: “My worst fear of driving is breaking down on the motorway, and even more so if it were to happen in the dark.

“But that’s exactly what happened when the lights failed on my new car. After pulling on to the hard shoulder and calling my husband I became upset and frightened.

“I was stranded on the motorway and concerned for myself and my baby.

“Gary and Martin were instantly reassuring and very helpful and I am extremely grateful for the assistance they gave.

“I know they could have left me there to await recovery but they escorted me just off the motorway to a place where I could be picked up by my mother.”