BBC Radio 5 Live star ‘clung to steer wheel for dear life’ in terrifying three-car motorway crash

TV presenter and radio DJ Nihal Arthanayake said he has been involved in a “terrifying” crash on a motorway.

Arthanayake said his wife and son were in the back seats when his car collided with another car, which had been hit by a lorry, on the M60.

In his post on Twitter[1] (X), the BBC[2] Radio 5 Live presenter said he “clung on to that steering wheel for dear life” in order to keep his car steady and avoid hitting the central reservation.

Arthanayake said he and his family “walked away” from the crash, and no one else was injured in the incident, which took place at about 7pm yesterday.

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The radio star shared an image of his damaged car with his followers (

A picture in the post showed the rear left wing of the radio DJ’s car hanging off, with a large dint above the wheel arch. Famous followers, including poet and podcast presenter, George the Poet, Labour MP Dawn Butler, and TV historian David Olusoga, were quick to wish Arthanayake well after the incident.#

His caption of the image of the smashed-up car shared on Tuesday night reads: “Two hours ago a lorry hit a car which hit me on the M60. I clung onto that steering wheel for dear life to try and keep the car steady and not hit the central reservation. Wife next to me and son in the back. Terrifying.”

One of the radio star’s followers queried: “Glad you’re all ok. Obviously no idea about how or why this happened but the impact on everyone, even the lorry driver could be huge. The difference being the lorry driver will be expected to just crack on with the job. Maybe something for a show???” A grateful Arthanayake replied: “That is a really good point. Spoke to the recovery driver about this.”

Last month it was announced he will will leave his daytime show on BBC Radio 5 Live and front a new Sunday evening interview show for the station, as well as an extended podcast.

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