A HGV driver carrying mortar for a new housing development was followed by a group of at least 20 motorists believing his tanker was carrying petrol and diesel.
Despite lacking warning signs citing inflammable liquid on board, the motorists continued to follow the tanker during its 70 mile journey from Bilston, Wolverhampton and the building site in Overstone, Northamptonshire.
Johnny Anderson, who was driving the tanker on Thursday for Weaver Haulage said he had a 44-tonne load on his tanker.
A group of 20 motorists followed this tanker which was carrying building mortar to a site in Northampton from Wolverhampton in the mistaken belief it was full of petrol and diesel
Johnny Anderson said one of the motorists asked him why he hadn’t stopped to warn them that he was not carrying fuel
Mr Anderson brought the mortar from Bilston in Wolverhampton, left, to Overstone in Northamptonshire, right
According to the BBC, when he reached his destination, Mr Anderson noticed a line of cars pulled up behind his truck.
After jumping out of the cab, one of the cars started to beep him.
Mr Anderson said he first noticed he was being followed on the A43 on his way to the building site.
He continued: ‘I didn’t notice initially but then on the dual carriageway, I noticed nobody was overtaking me and saw a string of about 20 cars behind me.
‘When I eventually turned left into a road that would take me to the site entrance, all these cars turned left with me.’
Mr Anderson said: ‘The man at the front wound down his window and asked me which petrol station I was going to.’
He told the BBC: ‘When I said I wasn’t, he asked me “Why not?” and when I said I wasn’t carrying petrol, he actually said “You could have stopped and told us you weren’t a petrol tanker.”
‘I couldn’t believe it… I just went full McEnroe and said “You cannot be serious!”
One of the motorists then asked Mr Anderson if he had any idea where the nearest filling station was.
Mr Anderson revealed why it isn’t wise to follow a fuel tanker.
He added: ‘My cargo isn’t dangerous but if they are following a petrol tanker, their training is to call the police if they think they’re being followed.
‘People need to stop and think… driving a tanker, no matter what the product, is quite a pressurised job, so following them puts extra pressure on drivers already under pressure without having to worry about absolute morons.’
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