'The AA have raised 'serious concerns' about the safety of smart motorways after a second fatality on the same stretch of the M1 in just a matter of months.
Derek Jacobs was killed on the motorway's northbound carriageway in Derbyshire last Friday after his van stopped in the first lane.
Police said the 83-year-old's white Volkswagen Crafter may have come to a halt because of a mechanical fault before it was hit by a red Ford Ka, which was then struck by a coach.
The tragedy comes after a woman was killed on the same stretch of motorway after she got out of a broken down car in September last year.
Both fatal accidents were on a stretch of the motorway where there is no hard shoulder, known as an all lane running system.
And there have been a series of others serious incidents on the carriageway including a pile up involving a stranded HGV and several other lorries that brought gridlock.
Now the AA as said there are major safety issues, especially in relation to the response times of emergency services take to get to stranded vehicles and the lack of safety refuges on the stretch.
And they have also called for the introduction of penalties for other drivers who ignore the red X signals which indicate a lane is closed.
While many drivers have slammed the 'smart motorway' claiming it to be a money-making scheme to catch speeding drivers and in an emergency or a break-down 'you have to sit in lane one and pray for your life'.
Last Friday's fatal incident happened just after noon between junction 30 for Barlborough and junction 31 for Aston and led to the closure of the motorway for around nine hours.
Det Con Rich Howiss, from Derbyshire Police's collision investigation unit, said that a white Volkswagen Crafter stopped in lane one and was hit by a red Ford Ka, which was then hit by a coach. The driver Mr Jacobs, of Edgware, Middlesex, died at the scene.'
Read more: Fears grow over smart motorways after driver, 83, is second in months to be killed on same stretch of M1 where there is no hard shoulder
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