By Denna Bowman
Comedian and rising BBC star Jason Manford had a lucky escape after two of the tyres on the hire car he was being driven in blew out at high speed on a motorway.
The new star of The One Show tweeted that he ‘nearly died’ after two nearside tyres on the vehicle exploded while he was traveling at 70mph.
Manford, who is due to start co-hosting the BBC1 show with Christine Bleakley from next month, was
travelling as a passenger in the fast lane of the southbound M6 when the accident happened near Stafford at around 5pm on Wednesday.
He revealed the details of his accident on the social networking website Twitter – and then went on to ask his 109,000 followers if anybody could give him a lift.
He also joked about catching a train or hitch-hiking his way to the sold out gig at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, Wilts. But he was later forced to postpone the show with just a few hours notice when the hire car company failed to get a replacement to him in time.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Bloody hell. Just nearly died! 2 tyres blown out in the fast lane on way to Swindon! Waiting for Rescue!”
He added: “Blow out on the M6 at 70 mph. Both nearside tyres. Very odd!’ and ‘S*** myself. Luckily I’m in shorts! Feel ok now!”
Manford kept a running commentary of his time standing at the side of the road with his driver and tour manager Alex Adamson and even posted a photo of one of the blown out tyres on his Twitter page.
He said: “Poor Alex Adamson’s still shaking. I was in passenger seat, think a little bit of wee came out while he got us across 3 lanes in 5 seconds!’
“Stafford train station looks in walking distance according to the map! Luckily my thumb is still swollen so might try a bit of hitch hiking!”