NEWS IN BRIEF: Motorist, 52, killed running over M1

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A SOUTH Yorkshire man died following a collision with a lorry after getting out of his car and trying to run across the motorway.

The 52-year-old was hit by the heavy goods vehicle on the M1 between junctions 37, at Birdwell, and 38, near Dodworth, Barnsley, at around 12.30pm on Thursday.

The Barnsley man, who has not yet been named, was in a vehicle on the road but pulled over and left his car.

He is believed to have ran into the northbound carriageway and into the path of moving vehicles, colliding with a white lorry and a blue Fiat sustaining multiple injuries.

Witnesses should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 429 of October 12.

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The road was re-opened just before 9pm. A police spokeswoman said an investigation will not be launched into the incident as there were no suspicious circumstances.

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