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Footy star abandons his car after getting caught in traffic and HITCHHIKES to a match

Footy star abandons his car after getting caught in traffic and HITCHHIKES to a match on the back of a motorbike before helping Dragons win against the Cowboys

  • Football player had to hitchhike to the ground to get to his 50th game on time 
  • A fiery crash on the M1 Princes Motorway caused a traffic jam around the area
  • Jeremy Latimore decided to leave his car and hitchhike to game with a stranger 

A promising young footballer had to go to extreme measures to make it to a game on Friday night when a fiery crash caused traffic chaos around the ground. 

Dragons’ bench forward Jeremy Latimore found himself stuck in a massive traffic jam spanning from the Princes Motorway into the Wollongong CBD where the Dragons were set to take on the Cowboys. 

Latimore had missed his turn off into Wollongong and said he found himself in bumper to bumper traffic, only moving 400 metres in 30 minutes.  

Promising young footballer Jeremy Latimore (pictured with wife Natalie) had to go to extreme measures to make it to a game on Friday night when a fiery crash caused traffic chaos around the ground

Latimore found himself stuck in a massive traffic jam spanning from 'the motorway into the Wollongong CBD where the Dragons were set to take on the Cowboys (pictured)

Latimore found himself stuck in a massive traffic jam spanning from ‘the motorway into the Wollongong CBD where the Dragons were set to take on the Cowboys (pictured)

He knew if he was to make it to his 50th NRL game he would have to take drastic measures.

Latimore left his car parked on the side of the Princes Motorway, leapt over the median strip and tried hailing down cars and motorbikes. 

‘This lad Brett picked me up and we turned right down Towradgi way and it was banked up massively back that way, so I said ‘If I see anyone on a motorbike I’m just going to ask them if they can give me a ride,’ Latimore said.

‘A lad drove past and I said “Brother, can you drop me?”

‘He’s looked at me, he wasn’t that keen. Then he goes ‘”Anything for the Dragons, get on the back”.

‘We dodged some traffic and we beat a few of the boys (to the stadium).’ 

Latimore left his car parked on the side of the Princes Motorway, leaped over the median strip and tried hailing down cars and motorbikes

Latimore left his car parked on the side of the Princes Motorway, leaped over the median strip and tried hailing down cars and motorbikes

Dragons coach Paul McGregor said the traffic jam had resulted in a number of players and staff arriving late to the game including himself

Dragons coach Paul McGregor said the traffic jam had resulted in a number of players and staff arriving late to the game including himself

Dragons coach Paul McGregor said the traffic jam had resulted in a number of players and staff arriving late to the game including himself. 

But the delay didn’t stop the Dragons, who claimed claimed an eight-point win over the Cowboys in their round 15 clash.

Pictures showed bumper to bumper traffic along the main roads in Wollongong as people tried to avoid the highway or were already headed to the game.  

The traffic jam was the result of a fiery crash on the M1 Princes Motorway shortly after 2pm on Friday.

The fiery crash involved up to six vehicles, including two trucks, in the southbound lane near the Mount Keira Road overpass, police say.

A 65-year-old man, the driver of a Ford involved in the crash, was charged with dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning death.

The traffic jam was the result of a fiery crash on the M1 Princes Motorway shortly after 2pm on Friday (pictured)

The traffic jam was the result of a fiery crash on the M1 Princes Motorway shortly after 2pm on Friday (pictured)

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