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CRASH CARNAGE Horrifying moment as a truck crashed into a broken down caravan and van on a smart highway with debris flying around

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THIS is the terrifying moment when a truck collides with a broken-down trailer on a smart highway and debris flies into the air.

The lorry was traveling at high speed on the inside lane of the M1 in Nottinghamshire when the accident happened last week.

Since there was no hard shoulder, the van and caravan had to stop on the freeway.

Dashcam footage of another vehicle posted to Facebook appears to show there were no signs to warn other drivers of the danger.

The truck driver apparently only noticed the broken-down vehicles when it was too late when he crashed into the stationary caravan.

The incident happened between junctions 28 and 29 of the M1 last Monday.

Nobody is said to have been seriously injured.

Paul Bancroft, who posted the shocking footage, said: “Smart freeway, light traffic, good visibility, broken down van and trailer and no hard shoulder – what could go wrong?”

The Sun Online have contacted Nottinghamshire Police for an update.

The rollout of 120 miles of smart highway was postponed to April 2024 by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in January while more safety data is collected on sections of those roads that are already in service.

Reports have highlighted potential problems in the operation of smart highways.

Internal reports from National Highways showed that employees had repeatedly reported failures, such as cameras not working properly and cameras not detecting vehicle breakdowns to supervisors – with potentially disastrous results.

Another report released earlier this month showed that smart highways are three times deadlier than those with a safety lane.

While Mr Shapps has delayed rolling out 120 miles of smart highway sections, another 100 miles will move forward as they are more than 50 percent complete.

Claire Mercer, whose husband Jason died in a crash on a non-hard shoulder section of the M1 in 2019, said: “You can do whatever stats you want.

“But all that should count is common sense, because what’s more dangerous, breaking down a live lane or breaking down a road with a shoulder to turn in?”

In February this year, leaked documents from National Highways showed that orange paint in emergency shelters could pose a dangerous skidding hazard on smart highways.

The paint makes the tarmac slippery, especially when wet, which means vehicles entering parking bays could collide with stopped vehicles or people standing next to their car.

Official figures show that 38 fatalities were recorded on smart highways between 2015 and 2019, with more reported in subsequent years.

Families and loved ones of those who died have lobbied for ministers to urgently address safety on Britain’s motorways.

The government has described smart motorways as “one of the safest roads in the UK” despite deciding to halt rollout plans over safety concerns.

In fact, the fatality rate on so-called intelligent highways is up to a third higher than on conventional hard shoulder highways, official figures show.

And last year the Sun revealed that the freeways are considered so dangerous that the AA won’t let roadside crews stop on them.

The number of near misses on a section of the converted M25 outside London has increased 20-fold to 1,485 in the five years since the hard shoulder was removed.

THIS is the terrifying moment when a truck collides with a broken-down trailer on a smart highway and debris flies into the air.

The lorry was traveling at high speed on the inside lane of the M1 in Nottinghamshire when the accident happened last week.

Since there was no hard shoulder, the van and caravan had to stop on the freeway.

Dashcam footage of another vehicle posted to Facebook appears to show there were no signs to warn other drivers of the danger.

The truck driver apparently only noticed the broken-down vehicles when it was too late when he crashed into the stationary trailer.

The incident happened between junctions 28 and 29 of the M1 last Monday.

Nobody is said to have been seriously injured.

Paul Bancroft, who posted the shocking footage, said: “Smart freeway, light traffic, good visibility, broken down van and trailer and no hard shoulder – what could go wrong?”

The Sun Online have contacted Nottinghamshire Police for an update.

The rollout of 120 miles of smart highway was postponed to April 2024 by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in January while more safety data is collected on sections of those roads that are already in service.

Reports have highlighted potential problems in the operation of smart highways.

Internal reports from National Highways showed that employees had repeatedly reported failures, such as cameras not working properly and cameras not detecting vehicle breakdowns to supervisors – with potentially disastrous results.

Another report released earlier this month showed that smart highways are three times deadlier than those with a safety lane.

The lorry was traveling at high speed on the inside lane of the M1 in Nottinghamshire when the accident happened last week.

Claire Mercer, whose husband Jason died in a crash on a non-hard shoulder section of the M1 in 2019, said: “You can do whatever stats you want.

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