Lorry smash causes congestion chaos

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Fed-up motorists were stuck in traffic for hours after two lorries and a car were in a collision on the M1 during busy morning traffic.

The M1 southbound was closed after the smash near Junction 28 in Derbyshire yesterday, at about 8am.

A driver in the rear lorry was treated for a broken leg.

Derbyshire Police said wreckage from the vehicles, as well as fuel, had spilled across the carriageway, and had to be cleared.

Recruitment manager Liam Barr, of Banner Cross, Sheffield, was stuck in the queues for more than five hours as he travelled to work in Nottingham.

The 33-year-old said: “There must have been 10 ambulances and paramedics plus fire engines and police cars flying down the motorway.

“I first hit the traffic at Junction 29 – I didn’t move an inch in an hour.”

The fire service used absorbant materials to clear up the fuel spillage.

Highways Agency staff also helped clear the scene.