Man arrested for drink driving after car wheel detaches and hits vehicle on M1 near Sheffield

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after an accident on the M1 near Sheffield this morning.

The man was driving a Ford Focus that collided with a barrier on the southbound carriageway of the M1 at junction 33, for Catcliffe, at around 6am this morning.

Vehicles involved in a crash on the M1 at junction 33 this morning. Pictures: SYP Operational Support

Vehicles involved in a crash on the M1 at junction 33 this morning. Pictures: SYP Operational Support

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The collision cause the front wheel to become detached from the car and fly off into the carriageway where it hit the vehicle of a young couple, who were travelling to see family.

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The driver of the Focus was arrested for drink driving and is expected to be interviewed and charged later today.

Vehicles involved in a crash on the M1 at junction 33 this morning. Pictures: SYP Operational Support

Vehicles involved in a crash on the M1 at junction 33 this morning. Pictures: SYP Operational Support

South Yorkshire Police Operational Support detailed the incident on its Facebook.

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The team added: “The poor young couple now have to try and make other arrangements to get to see family for Christmas.”

Vehicles involved in a crash on the M1 at junction 33 this morning. Pictures: SYP Operational Support

Vehicles involved in a crash on the M1 at junction 33 this morning. Pictures: SYP Operational Support