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Tragic toll of smart motorways rollout: The shocking failings found during undercover probe

1) Nathan Reeves, 23, Tom Aldridge, 20, and Allan Evans, 59

February 2015 J12-13, M1, near Flitwick, Bedfordshire

The three were killed after driver Allan stopped to top up his oil on the hard shoulder when it was closed to traffic. Alan Peters, 78, failed to see signs it was closed and drove his double-decker coach into the back of the car.

Nathan Reeves, who was killed in M1 motorway crash

2) Laura Cooper, 35

March 2016 J27, M25, near Waltham Abbey, Essex

Laura was a passenger in a car that had stopped on a section of the M25 with no hard shoulder and was struck by a lorry. She died four days later.

3) Anthony Marston, 54

August 2016 J10a, M6, near Walsall

The father-of-two was killed instantly when he was hit by a lorry on a hard shoulder that was running as a live lane. Anthony, from Telford, Shropshire, had stopped briefly to refuel his Mercedes.

4) Jamil Ahmed, 36

August 2017 J5-6, M6, near Birmingham

The recovery driver broke down on a hard shoulder opened to traffic and was hit by a lorry. His wife Badra begged Highways England to stop removing hard shoulders after her husband’s inquest heard he had ‘nowhere to go’ when he was forced to stop.

5) Sevim and Ayse Ustan

March 2018 J26-27, M25, Essex

Sevim, 49, and mother-in-law Ayse Ustun, 68, were hit by a lorry after a puncture. Overhead gantry signs did not close the lane or warn of a broken-down vehicle.

6) Dev Naran, 8, May 2018 

J5-6, M6, near Birmingham

The schoolboy from Leicester died instantly after his grandfather Bhanuchandra Lodhia, 70, stopped his Toyota on a hard shoulder being used as a live lane and was hit by a lorry. Coroner Emma Brown said the changing status of hard shoulders could ‘confuse motorists’. She also raised concerns that Highways England had ‘no system of automatic alert to a stopped lone vehicle in a live lane’.

Dev Naran, 8, from Leicester, died instantly after his grandfather Bhanuchandra Lodhia, 70, stopped his Toyota on a hard shoulder being used as a live lane and was hit by a lorry

Dev Naran, 8, from Leicester, died instantly after his grandfather Bhanuchandra Lodhia, 70, stopped his Toyota on a hard shoulder being used as a live lane and was hit by a lorry

7) Nargis Begum, 62, September 2018 

J30, M1, near Sheffield

Nargis died when the car in which she was a passenger broke down. She and her husband Mohammed Bashir, 67, were waiting for help when a lorry crashed into their car, which then ploughed into them.

Nargis Begum, 62, died when the car in which she was a passenger broke down

Nargis Begum, 62, died when the car in which she was a passenger broke down

8) Peter Lee, 60, December 2018 

J16, M60, Salford

Football photographer Peter died in a traffic jam after a van crashed into the back of his people carrier. The father-of-two had been travelling with his two daughters and friends when they got stuck in traffic after a junction was closed to help build a smart motorway.

Football photographer Peter Lee, 60, died in a traffic jam after a van crashed into the back of his people carrier

Football photographer Peter Lee, 60, died in a traffic jam after a van crashed into the back of his people carrier

9)  Derek Jacobs, 83, and Charles Scripps, 78, March 2019 

J30-31, M1, near Sheffield 

Derek was killed after he suffered a burst tyre and stopped in a live lane. As he tried to climb the barrier, a Ford hit his car, sending it hurtling into him. He died with Charles, a passenger in the Ford.

10)  Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, June 2019 

J34, M1, near Sheffield

The men were involved in a shunt after coming to a stop because there was no hard shoulder. They died after being hit by an HGV.

Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, was involved in a shunt after coming to a stop because there was no hard shoulder

Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, was involved in a shunt after coming to a stop because there was no hard shoulder

11) Costel Stancu, 37,

March 2019 J18-19, M6, Cheshire

Costel die in a crash with a van and a lorry. A coroner said the smart motorway might have increased the risk posed to drivers.

12) Zahid Ahmed, 19

December 2019 J11a M1, near Dunstable

Zahid was killed when the broken-down car in which he was a passenger was hit by a lorry on a section of road with no hard shoulder.

13) Martin Davies, 54

March 2021 J14-15, M1, nr Milton Keynes

Martin was driving home to Staffordshire when his Volkswagen collided with a lorry veering away from a stationary car.

 


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