Jack-knifed caravan causes traffic delays on the M5

JACK-KNIFED: Slow traffic on M5 south bound, at Junction 6, due to the jack-knifed caravan caravan

JACK-KNIFED: Slow traffic on M5 south bound, at Junction 6, due to the jack-knifed caravan caravan

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TRAFFIC delays were caused on the M5 motorway after a caravan jack-knifed.

A West Mercia Police spokeswoman confirmed the force was called at around 4pm, on Friday, August 22, after the caravan jack-knifed while in lane three of the motorway, near junction six.

The motorway was closed while the caravan was removed from the lane, but was re-opened within an hour.

The female driver of the caravan did not suffer any major injuries.

 

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6:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Northerngirl1954 says...

I was stuck on this tail back before getting off at junction 6 not 4 pm but 12.35 ?
I was stuck on this tail back before getting off at junction 6 not 4 pm but 12.35 ? Northerngirl1954
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8:08pm Fri 22 Aug 14

old misery says...

Why was the caravan in lane three "experienced lorry drivers " are not allowed in lane three ???
Why was the caravan in lane three "experienced lorry drivers " are not allowed in lane three ??? old misery
  • Score: 4

8:14pm Fri 22 Aug 14

charlottelm1 says...

It was our caravan and actually we were in lane two doing a perfectly legal speed of 50mph and the tow bar came away from the car, not jack knife...Get your facts right.
It was our caravan and actually we were in lane two doing a perfectly legal speed of 50mph and the tow bar came away from the car, not jack knife...Get your facts right. charlottelm1
  • Score: 21

8:15pm Fri 22 Aug 14

charlottelm1 says...

And it was a MALE driver and was NOT at 4pm, all lies.
And it was a MALE driver and was NOT at 4pm, all lies. charlottelm1
  • Score: 15

8:27pm Fri 22 Aug 14

MJI says...

And they were driving the tow car not the caravan.

So what actually did happen? 2nd in two days.
And they were driving the tow car not the caravan. So what actually did happen? 2nd in two days. MJI
  • Score: 3

9:19pm Fri 22 Aug 14

charlottelm1 says...

As stated before almost the complete opposite of the article... The tow bar came off the car, due to a fault, we were in the second lane and it was a male driver, the incident also took place at around 12:00, and we had no police on site so im not sure how a female police spokesman would have acquired information
As stated before almost the complete opposite of the article... The tow bar came off the car, due to a fault, we were in the second lane and it was a male driver, the incident also took place at around 12:00, and we had no police on site so im not sure how a female police spokesman would have acquired information charlottelm1
  • Score: 17

10:24pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mucklow hill resident says...

Would it be possible to get the facts right for once Worcester News
Would it be possible to get the facts right for once Worcester News mucklow hill resident
  • Score: 7

10:55pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Nathan1971 says...

There all muppets. They should be banned
There all muppets. They should be banned Nathan1971
  • Score: -7

11:03am Sat 23 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Towing a caravan or trailer is a skilled and serious action to undertake. Particularly if as the picture suggests that this was quite a large single axle two wheeled caravan.
During the days that I was a regular caravaner and pulling a 21ft Fleetwood single axle caravan both the Caravan and the car a 3litr Ford Granada Gt Manual ( a great towing car) were kept in excellent condition, and the loading of the caravan was also undertaken seriously by checking the Nose Weight by use of a "Carabalance" to make sure all was well. For a towbar to come adrift is unusual, and can only be metal fatigue or else lack of the maintainance / fitting required for such a Tow bar assembly.
It is fair to say that the Cars nowadays have more engine power and sometimes may tempt the driver just to go a little faster, however the safe towing set up including speed used to be governed by the Kerb Weight ratio between the caravan and the towing vehicle, not the horsepower, providing a much more stable setup..
The fact that in this instance no-one was hurt and being on a Motorway was close on a miracle. I have seen instances on the M5 where a caravan has overturned the car towing it and has caused several other vehicles to be involved resulting in injuries.
Where this overturned caravan finally came to rest may well say that this indeed was a lucky escape for whoever was driving and the cars occupants, also for all those who were not swept into a major traffic incident. We all should be gratefull for this.
Towing a caravan or trailer is a skilled and serious action to undertake. Particularly if as the picture suggests that this was quite a large single axle two wheeled caravan. During the days that I was a regular caravaner and pulling a 21ft Fleetwood single axle caravan both the Caravan and the car a 3litr Ford Granada Gt Manual ( a great towing car) were kept in excellent condition, and the loading of the caravan was also undertaken seriously by checking the Nose Weight by use of a "Carabalance" to make sure all was well. For a towbar to come adrift is unusual, and can only be metal fatigue or else lack of the maintainance / fitting required for such a Tow bar assembly. It is fair to say that the Cars nowadays have more engine power and sometimes may tempt the driver just to go a little faster, however the safe towing set up including speed used to be governed by the Kerb Weight ratio between the caravan and the towing vehicle, not the horsepower, providing a much more stable setup.. The fact that in this instance no-one was hurt and being on a Motorway was close on a miracle. I have seen instances on the M5 where a caravan has overturned the car towing it and has caused several other vehicles to be involved resulting in injuries. Where this overturned caravan finally came to rest may well say that this indeed was a lucky escape for whoever was driving and the cars occupants, also for all those who were not swept into a major traffic incident. We all should be gratefull for this. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

9:12pm Sat 23 Aug 14

New Kid on the Block says...

How does a tow bar come away from a car?
The vehicle must have been in unsafe condition for this to happen.
How does a tow bar come away from a car? The vehicle must have been in unsafe condition for this to happen. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: -1

10:21am Sun 24 Aug 14

MJI says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
How does a tow bar come away from a car?
The vehicle must have been in unsafe condition for this to happen.
Well lets start.

If it was a detachable the clip may have broken.

Perhaps someone had hit the tow bar before use and had fractured the metal.

Or may be it was a manufacturing defect.
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: How does a tow bar come away from a car? The vehicle must have been in unsafe condition for this to happen.[/p][/quote]Well lets start. If it was a detachable the clip may have broken. Perhaps someone had hit the tow bar before use and had fractured the metal. Or may be it was a manufacturing defect. MJI
  • Score: -3

3:01pm Sun 24 Aug 14

sensiblegeezer says...

Isn't it time for caravans and other trailers to be subject to MOT testing?
Isn't it time for caravans and other trailers to be subject to MOT testing? sensiblegeezer
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Yes a very good idea, sensiblegeezer, since they can be stored for considerable lengths of time resting on the tyres (not good practise) and then loaded up with all the holiday tack, hooked up in any fashion and driven off down the motorway at speeds that exceed the limits (cos the car will go faster) and then things go wrong and we wonder why.
Caravan MoTs long overdue, although sensible caravanners do have regular checks on their prize possesions..
Yes a very good idea, sensiblegeezer, since they can be stored for considerable lengths of time resting on the tyres (not good practise) and then loaded up with all the holiday tack, hooked up in any fashion and driven off down the motorway at speeds that exceed the limits (cos the car will go faster) and then things go wrong and we wonder why. Caravan MoTs long overdue, although sensible caravanners do have regular checks on their prize possesions.. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

9:49pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Northerngirl1954 says...

charlottelm1 wrote:
And it was a MALE driver and was NOT at 4pm, all lies.
Hope you are over ur fright, just shows how much the press get it wrong I was just coming off m5 junction 6 at just turned 12.30
[quote][p][bold]charlottelm1[/bold] wrote: And it was a MALE driver and was NOT at 4pm, all lies.[/p][/quote]Hope you are over ur fright, just shows how much the press get it wrong I was just coming off m5 junction 6 at just turned 12.30 Northerngirl1954
  • Score: 3

6:19am Mon 25 Aug 14

New Kid on the Block says...

MJI wrote:
New Kid on the Block wrote:
How does a tow bar come away from a car?
The vehicle must have been in unsafe condition for this to happen.
Well lets start.

If it was a detachable the clip may have broken.

Perhaps someone had hit the tow bar before use and had fractured the metal.

Or may be it was a manufacturing defect.
If it relied on a clip that was weak enough to break, unsafe.
If the metal was prone to fracture, unsafe.
Manufacturing defect very unlikely. if it was defective then the tow bar was unsafe.
I stand by my original statement.
If I was a police accident investigator looking for the cause I know I would be looking very closely at the car and how the tow bar was fitted.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: How does a tow bar come away from a car? The vehicle must have been in unsafe condition for this to happen.[/p][/quote]Well lets start. If it was a detachable the clip may have broken. Perhaps someone had hit the tow bar before use and had fractured the metal. Or may be it was a manufacturing defect.[/p][/quote]If it relied on a clip that was weak enough to break, unsafe. If the metal was prone to fracture, unsafe. Manufacturing defect very unlikely. if it was defective then the tow bar was unsafe. I stand by my original statement. If I was a police accident investigator looking for the cause I know I would be looking very closely at the car and how the tow bar was fitted. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 1

7:32am Mon 25 Aug 14

Bufton Tufton says...

The Worcester News may be legally a newspaper but in reality its nothing more than a compilation of syndicated articles submitted by God knows who and copy pasted by the editor of this American owned scrapbook. I suggest any copy in your vicinity in conveyed with a pair of tongs at arms length to the nearest waist paper basket.
The Worcester News may be legally a newspaper but in reality its nothing more than a compilation of syndicated articles submitted by God knows who and copy pasted by the editor of this American owned scrapbook. I suggest any copy in your vicinity in conveyed with a pair of tongs at arms length to the nearest waist paper basket. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 2

11:33am Mon 25 Aug 14

john wilson says...

Bufton Tufton wrote:
The Worcester News may be legally a newspaper but in reality its nothing more than a compilation of syndicated articles submitted by God knows who and copy pasted by the editor of this American owned scrapbook. I suggest any copy in your vicinity in conveyed with a pair of tongs at arms length to the nearest waist paper basket.
Perhaps you would like to be more specific?
Which articles do you claim to be syndicated?
The Worcester News has the largest newsroom in Worcestershire, producing more original content for its readers in print and online than any other media outlet in the county.
We also welcome contributions from our readers as part of our policy of being an inclusive publisher.
[quote][p][bold]Bufton Tufton[/bold] wrote: The Worcester News may be legally a newspaper but in reality its nothing more than a compilation of syndicated articles submitted by God knows who and copy pasted by the editor of this American owned scrapbook. I suggest any copy in your vicinity in conveyed with a pair of tongs at arms length to the nearest waist paper basket.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to be more specific? Which articles do you claim to be syndicated? The Worcester News has the largest newsroom in Worcestershire, producing more original content for its readers in print and online than any other media outlet in the county. We also welcome contributions from our readers as part of our policy of being an inclusive publisher. john wilson
  • Score: -3

12:17pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep I agree John Wilson , Bufton Tufton probably a Times reader, and perhaps some one left a copy in First Class for those who need to read about the real world and local happenings by local people.
My World My People.
Yep I agree John Wilson , Bufton Tufton probably a Times reader, and perhaps some one left a copy in First Class for those who need to read about the real world and local happenings by local people. My World My People. Jabbadad
  • Score: -4

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