Man killed in shunt ater M1 breakdown - inquest told

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A man died after his broken-down car was shunted across the M1 motorway by a van.

Robert Richardson, 64, was driving along on the northbound carriageway when he suffered a mechanical fault, an inquest heard yesterday.

He died just after 1pm on Tuesday, October 22, at junction 42, Lofthouse.

Coroner David Hinchliff said: “The car came to a halt in lane one – that was because the hard shoulder had been cordoned off at the time and there was no access to it.”

He added: “It is possible, although still to be confirmed, that Mr Richardson may well have been in the process of removing his seat belt to get out of the vehicle when he was struck by another vehicle, a Ford Transit, travelling behind him. The impact caused extensive damage.”

Mr Richardson’s Chevrolet car was shunted across the carriageway.

The inquest heard an off-duty doctor who was also travelling on the motorway tried to help Mr Richardson but his injuries were too serious.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.05pm.

The cause of death was given as multiple injuries.

The inquest was adjourned pending further enquiries.