M1 closure: Police reveal why M1 had to close near Chesterfield, causing major tailbacks this morning

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Police have issued a statement explaining why they had to close the M1 near Chesterfield and Sheffield

Police have explained why they had to close the M1 today - causing tailbacks reaching close to Sheffield.

Highways bosses announced shortly before 6am today that they had closed the motorway southbound around junction 28, between Chesterfield and Mansfield.

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Severe tailbacks stretched from J28 to J29a, south of Barlborough and Killamarsh.

By the time it re-opened at around 7.30am, there was nine miles of traffic. One motorist said on social media that they had had been stuck in queues for two and a half hours.

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Derbyshire Police have now revealed what happened to cause the closure.

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They said in a statement: “A closure was in place as officers were responding to a concern for safety of a man, who was reported to be on the wrong side of the bridge on the M1.

“He was returned to safety and the road reopened.”

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