TV presenter Kate Garraway was left "shaken" after her car tyre blew out on a busy motorway. 

Taking to Instagram to share pictures of her blown-out tyre, Garraway revealed that the "utterly terrifying" incident occurred during the first family outing without her husband, Derek Draper, who has been in hospital since March with coronavirus.

Police officers came and towed the vehicle to safety because there was no hard shoulder on the motorway.

She wrote: "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.

"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. Its first time have taken kids out without Derek too, but we are safe."

Speaking on Good Morning Britain Garraway 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."

The accident comes after Garraway said her husband had endured a "tough week" following "big falls" in his blood pressure and swelling in his legs.