Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway has opened up about the “terrifying” moment at the weekend when her car tyre exploded while she was driving on a busy motorway.
She and kids Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, had been taking their first road trip since her husband Derek Draper was hospitalised with coronavirus in March.
Garraway initially shared the frightening experience on social media on Sunday, posting a series of photos of her car, but she has now spoken in greater detail on GMB.
Speaking on the ITV breakfast show, the 53-year-old said: "I have never had it before and it is the sort of thing you dread.
"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 added: "I had that moment when you suddenly think, 'I can't control the car'.
"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."
Garraway was in a hurry to get home so she could visit husband Draper in hospital.
She explained: "We were rushing back to London to 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."
After the experience, Garraway wrote on Instagram: "Thanks to our amazing saviours Liz & Mark from @kentpoliceuk who rescued me after a full tyre blow out on the motorway!!!
"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."
She added: "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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