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Driver causes major crash after ‘falling asleep at the wheel’ on the M1

A SLEEPING driver caused a major crash on the M1 this morning after ploughing into the nearside barrier before being hit by another motorist.  

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The serious smash happened on the M1 southbound motorway between junctions 29 and 28 in Derbyshire early this morning (April 10).  


Pictures from the scene show both motors, a white Seat and silver Vauxhall Astra, with extensive damage in the middle of the main road.  

The Roads Policing Unit of Derbyshire Police Tweeted this morning: “The M1 Southbound between J29 and J28 has three lanes closed due a serious collision.  

“Only one lane running so expect delays for a while.”  

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All lanes reopened at around 7.33am after emergency services cleared the scene.  

National Highways East Midlands Tweeted: “All lanes are now open and the scene is now clear. 

“Thanks for your patience. Have a safe onward journey.” 


A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said: “Initial enquiries suggest that driver of Seat fell asleep and crashed in to nearside barrier and the Vauxhall driver then crashed in to the back of it.  

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“Full investigation to follow, fortunately only minor injuries. Don't drive tired.”  

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