Kate Garraway recalls 'utterly terrifying' motorway tyre explosion

Kate Garraway has spoken out about the “utterly terrifying” moment her tyre blew out while on the motorway.

Appearing on today’s episode of GMB, the TV presenter said it happened on the weekend as she took her children on their first road trip since her husband was taken into hospital with Covid-19.

The 53-year-old took to social media after the incident to share the “utterly terrifying” near-miss moment, after managing to control her after her tyre blowout on Sunday.

Speaking to her co-host Ben Shepherd, she said the tyre “suddenly exploded and couldn’t control the car.”



Click on the video above to listen to her explain the moment in full

“I have never had it before and it the sort of thing you dread.” She added.

“It was the first time that I had been out with the kids in the car, leaving London, going to meet some friends in Kent, in a socially distanced way.

“On the way back, it suddenly exploded.”

She admitted on the show that she felt “panicked” after having just about avoided an accident on the motorway after her back tyre exploded.

“I had that moment when you suddenly think, ‘I can’t control the car'” She revealed.

“All weird steering, smoke and bits of rubber flying everywhere and I managed to pull over.”

“It happened to be on a section of motorway where there wasn’t a hard shoulder and there was a feeder road going off and I was nervous of people coming up on the inside and pulled over and the drama unfolded.

“That’s when you feel a bit panicky because you are in live traffic.”

She said she was looking to get back home so she could check in with her husband Derek Draper, who still remains in intensive care after being left in a serious condition following his battle with Covid-19.

She continued: “We were rushing back to London check on Derek and my mum and dad were coming for their first visit.

“You know that people say God and the universe doesn’t send you what you can’t deal with. I would just like to put the message out, I am at my limit.”

Posting an image of her exploded tyre on social media, Kate told her followers she felt shaken on Sunday night, but said her and her kids were fine.

“Thanks to our amazing saviours Liz & Mark from @kentpoliceuk who rescued me after a full tyre blow out on the motorway!!!” She posted on Instagram.

“Never had one before – utterly terrifying. Managed to keep control of car but couldn’t get off motorway as no hard shoulder & when the AA said they couldn’t come for an hour, then rang after half an hour to say might still be an hour had no choice but to call the police.”

“They were so brilliant and got us to safety and we are now on way home in taxi, shaken but safe, tow truck on way to car.”

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