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Delays After Twelve-Car Collision

Thursday November 14 2013


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AROUND 12 cars have been involved in an accident, causing huge delays between Woolley (J38) and Dodworth (J37).

Three lanes are closed and there's queueing traffic on M1 southbound.

We'll keep an eye on it and inform you of the latest.


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Reply Posted by paul on Thursday November 14 2013 at 09:31
That stretch is notorious it's time the high ways agency looked into slowing people down. People complain about speed cameras but I think sticking them along this bit of the motorway will save lives.

Reply Posted by Chris on Thursday November 14 2013 at 13:51
Speed can affect the seriousness of the accident but they are usually down to something or someone doing something unexpected and others not being able to avoid a collision. In he rush hours vehicles will bunch up so there is even less opportunity to take avoiding action. One way is to manage speeds so that at peak times speed is reduced so gaps close up so capacity is increased. However, we are not getting the new managed motorway on this section but something called all lane running where all four lanes, this includes the hard shoulder is in use. When this happens there will be nowhere for drivers to go!

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday November 14 2013 at 10:34
The brow of the hill at junction 37 where the sun comes straight into your eyes is lethal. Unfortunately not a lot the highways agency can do other than to reroute the road.... not gonna happen - or - reduce the size of the hill so that your angle of approach is not the same.... not gonna happen - the only alternative is to have a matrix with speed cameras measuring average speed during peak time or problem periods. Fixed cameras do not work as they cause sudden breaking, the only alternative is average speed cameras like on the bypass near Sheffield which has dramatically reduced accidents and fatalities.

Reply Posted by M1 Driver on Thursday November 14 2013 at 12:21
Its the sun, terrible on a winter's morning when you're going up near Dodworth/Higham.

Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday November 14 2013 at 14:01
It's not the first time this has I live close to that area and driver should take their time and not pull out on others I've been pulled out on that many times by empties who can't be patient

Reply Posted by Highamer on Thursday November 14 2013 at 17:58
This time of year is the sun, low in the sky hits you without warning in the brow of that hill, another issue is that stretch rises 500ft in just over half a mile, lorries struggle like crazy and take two lanes up, any traffic coming from the rear has to squeeze past via the outside lane. Anyone in that situation travelling at speed has to have their wits about them and with the lorries nose to tail can misjudge the exit at Dodworth, easy to miss coming up on the outside at speed trying to pass the lorries.