A Penarth HGV driver has been praised for rescuing an 80-year-old woman suffering from dementia whom he spotted walking alone along the M6 motorway near Gretna Green.
Only now has the story emerged of how earlier this month local HGV lorry driver Anthony Bloom (46) was heading south from Scotland when he spotted the pensioner walking along the hard shoulder motorway.
Mr Bloom said it was very cold and wintry but he couldn’t see any abandoned vehicle in the vicinity so he pulled over and stopped on the hard shoulder to asked the elderly woman if she was OK .
The pensioner told him she was just trying to get home – and claimed that she’d been walking along the road “ever since she was little girl“. Sensing something was wrong, Mr Bloom said ‘But the road wasn’t built when you were a little girl was it?’”.
Mr Bloom, told MediaWales he then found that the woman had her name, address and postcode in her purse and called-up the woman’s husband on his mobile to tell him “I’ve just picked your wife up on the M6.”
Mr Bloom then drove her safely to the front door of her home in Gretna and handed her over to her very relieved husband and let the police know that he’d found her .
He says the response he’s had to his “Good Samaritan” deed has been totally unexpected and overwhelming – but he claims it’s what anyone else would do in the circumstances . It was, he says, just a matter of driving a few extra miles and spending a little extra time behind the wheel – all in a good cause.