Motorway Turns Into Karaoke Party With Drivers Trapped In Thunderstorm
A motorway in England became a makeshift dancefloor yesterday (Wednesday) as motorists stuck in traffic passed the time with a spot of karaoke. You can watch footage from the karaoke carriageway here:
A section of the M5 southbound between Junction 18 in Avonmouth and Junction 19 Portishead had to be shut due to a large oil spill at around 8pm, causing cars to back up along the motorway. Added to this the ever-growing storm circling over head, and you could forgive the trapped motorists for feeling a little glum.
However, rather than sit in tedious isolation on the gridlocked road, people decided to get out of their cars and have a little boogie, with one driver belting out an impressive and apt rendition of 'It's Raining Men'.
When I say apt, I should clarify that it was not raining men. But it was stormy, and that's a song about it raining by a duo called The Weather Girls, so I'm classing that as apt.
#M5 J18 #Avonmouth to J19 #Portishead southbound - There is an ongoing incident involving a large diesel spill, we have three lanes closed to traffic. @AvonFireRescue and @ASPolice also on scene. Please pass with care. pic.twitter.com/dpD4TyzVIB- Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) August 12, 2020
The M5 southbound between J18-19 has been shut this evening by Highways England due to a large fuel spill. Drivers are advised to find an alternative route. https://t.co/LYbbfUNB4L pic.twitter.com/jiVbOrb1Gc- Avon and Somerset Police (@ASPolice) August 12, 2020
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The road was eventually reopened at around 1.30am today (Thursday), by which point I imagine people had probably had enough of the Car-n't Go Anywhere Karaoke.
The M5 southbound between Junction 18 in Avonmouth and Junction 19 Portishead was far from the only place to be hit by storms yesterday though; the Met Office had a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in place covering huge swathes of the UK. This warning remains in place today, with only the north east of England, the north of Northern Ireland and the majority of Scotland exempt from the warning.
These thunderstorm warnings will remain in place across much of the UK until Monday.
Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "With the continuing hot weather large swathes of the UK continue to be at risk from thunderstorms and potentially the impacts from heavy rain, into the early part of next week."
So if you find yourself stuck in stormy gridlock over the coming days, you know what to do.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Molly Threlfall