Woman stranded on motorway is hit and killed after Green Flag refuses to rescue her

A mum-of-four stranded in a broken down car on the motorway was killed by a lorry driver after a recovery company refused to rescue her.

John Bowers, 35, was driving a skip lorry on the M60 anticlockwise carriageway when he failed to spot a Kia Ceed was stationary with its hazard lights flashing on the hatch marked area separating lane one of the motorway from the slip road at junction 20.

Shirley-Ann Dumbuya, 38, was unable to move her car and was essentially ‘trapped’ inside.

She had been advised by insurance company Green Flag – known for its motto ”Common Sense to the Rescue” – that they could not go out to assist unless she was on the hard shoulder.

After a few minutes, Bowers, of Preston, collided with the Kia, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Emergency services arrived a short time later and Mrs Dumbuya was cut from her vehicle, but despite the efforts of medical staff, she was sadly declared dead at the scene.

Judge Anthony Cross condemned the insurance provider and called for an enquiry by the Assistant Chief Constable in Greater Manchester to look into what should happen if the situation arises again.

“Green Flag should take it upon themselves to ring 999 to help the person who was obviously panicking, wondering whether to stay or get out of the vehicle, and worrying about the other cars on the motorway. This was an accident waiting to happen,” he said.

After eventually pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving, Bowers was yesterday handed a suspended sentence at Manchester Crown Court.