A smart motorway almost killed me’: Motorist who broke down on stretch of M6 without a hard shoulder last week describes the moment a lorry smashed his van to bits


The crash happened on a new ‘all-lane running’ section of smart motorway, in which the hard shoulder is used as a live traffic lane. Campaigners want them banned for safety reasons following a series of fatal crashes.

Yesterday the Mail revealed further concerns about safety standards on the M6. Ten miles of the motorway from junction 21a near Warrington to junction 26 near Wigan will be turned into a smart motorway with emergency refuges up to 1.5 miles apart – contravening safety guidance from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Following a review in March last year, Mr Shapps said the emergency bays should be between three quarters of a mile and one mile apart. But Highways England has admitted it will not fully comply with the new standards.

Mr French, of Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire said: ‘I am lucky to be alive. I should be dead.

‘I was on the phone…

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