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Gran Drives 300 Miles After Missing Turn Off
16 May 2017

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A grandma ended up driving 300 miles after missing her turn-off when going for a hospital appointment just 10 minutes from her home.

Valerie Johnson’s car eventually ran out of fuel at Larkhall, 20 miles from Glasgow, after setting off for the Royal Hospital in Worcester.

The 83-year-old was due for an appointment, but it’s believed she missed her turn off due to roadworks.

Rather than pull over, she nervously kept going and ended up outside a couple’s home.

The Good Samaritans took Mrs Johnson in and looked after her until her daughter arrived north of the border on a flight.

Valerie’s daughter Karen Maskell was alerted after her neighbour raised concerns she hadn’t returned from her planned hospital visit.

The 49-year-old told the Daily Record: “Mum’s next-door neighbour called me to say she hadn’t come back and he was worried. I thought she must have had an ­accident.

“We called the police and by the time I got to her house, they said they had spotted her car on a traffic camera at Preston at 11pm.

“I said it couldn’t be my mum because she hates driving, she doesn’t usually drive more than three miles. But it was her and she was still heading north and we had to get the Scottish police involved.”

Sergeant John McLeish from Larkhall police office said: “A local couple assisted ­Valerie and she informed them that she was lost.

“The couple called the police at Larkhall who ­contacted West ­Mercia Police to inform her family.

“Local officers called an ambulance to ensure she did not require any medical attention.

“The local couple very kindly looked after the woman, ensuring that she was comfortable until her relatives arrived from England to collect her.”

Well, we've missed a few wrong turnings in our time but the sat nav normally recalculates the route!


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