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Man Plays Football On Motorway During M4 Traffic Jam

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Man Plays Football On Motorway During M4 Traffic Jam

Football didn't come home a few weeks ago and for hundreds stuck on the M4 last Friday, it felt like they wouldn't either.

We've all been there - an endless traffic jam, stifling heat and nothing to do except sing along to the radio and play a couple of mind-numbing games of 'I Spy' (yes, 'S' is for steering wheel, how did you guess?)

But one man decided to do something different as he and hundreds of others were stationary for nearly three hours in Wiltshire. He had a kickabout in the middle of the carriageway.

Photos show the man knocking a football back and forth to himself on an empty stretch of road, which had been closed as firefighters dealt with a burning vehicle.

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Credit- Robin Garnett
Credit- Robin Garnett

Police have been quick to condemn the man's actions and have warned against 'extremely hazardous behaviour' from the public on the country's motorways.

"We are aware of reports that some people ventured on to the closed carriageways after the M4 was closed to allow emergency services to attend a lorry fire on Friday," Inspector Mark Freeman of Wiltshire Police said.

"I would remind members of the public that such behaviour is extremely hazardous and could distract emergency services from attending an incident."

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The warning follows drivers crashing into cones while filming firefighters tackling the blaze.

Wiltshire Specialist Operatives tweeted that 'due to a few near misses', several drivers 'can expect to hear us for being on their mobile phone' whilst at the wheel.


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The UK is known for having some of the longest traffic jams in history. In 1985, there was a 40 mile holdup on the M1, which went all the way from Junctions 16 to 18, leaving motorists stranded near Northampton for hours.

It's even worse across the pond, with the average US commuter estimated to spend over 54 hours a year in traffic, with congestion rising somewhere between 1 and 3% every year.

Featured Image Credit: Robin Garnett

Topics: Summer, Football, Traffic

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