Local man injured in M1 lorry crash

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A PENSIONER from Gainsborough has been injured in a lorry crash on the M1.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between two lorries closed the northbound carriageway of the M1 motorway on Tuesday 12th July.

A white DAF LGV was travelling north on the M1 when witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing the DAF vehicle swerve before colliding with a yellow Mercedes Incident Support Unit vehicle that was parked on the hard shoulder half a mile past Junction 36 for Tankersley, Barnsley.

The collision with the ISU vehicle led to the DAF goods vehicle hitting the nearside crash barrier before travelling down the embankment and catching fire.

This happened shortly after 10.10am.

The driver of the DAF lorry, a 64-year-old Gainsborough man, managed to escape onto the motorway.

He was taken to Barnsley District General Hospital suffering cuts and bruises to both arms.

A white Mercedes Actros lorry picked up debris from the collision causing a tyre to blowout but the driver managed to repair the tyre and continue with his journey.

Following the collision, the M1 northbound was closed between J36 and J37 for around two hours and one lane will remain closed into this evening pending recovery of the vehicles involved.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 quoting incident number 289 of Tuesday 12th July.