A lorry driver remains in a critical condition in hospital after a collision involving two HGVs shut the M1 for ten hours.
The collision happened at about 3.40am on Thursday, June 5, after one of the lorries broke down in the outside lane of the northbound carriageway.
A second lorry then collided with the stationary vehicle where it had stopped, north of junction 29A.
A significant amount of debris, cargo and oil was spread over both carriageways and one of the lorries jack-knifed across all three lanes of the northbound stretch.
The driver of the second HGV, a 48-year-old man from Derby, suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident. He is currently at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
Police shut the M1 from junction 28 northbound and junction 30 southbound while an investigation into the collision and recovery work was carried out. It was reopened shortly after 2pm.
Sergeant Adrian Pitfield, from Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “This collision resulted in serious, life-threatening injuries for one of the drivers, who is currently being treated in hospital.
“The motorway was closed for such a long time because the trailer of the first vehicle was destroyed and its cargo had to be removed by hand before it could be recovered.
“There was also a significant amount of damage to both vehicles and debris and oil all over the surface of the motorway, which meant a specialist team had to be called in to clean the road up and ensure it was safe to reopen it to other drivers.”
The driver of the first vehicle was uninjured in the collision.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit on 101.