Driver crashes car after falling asleep at wheel on M1 near Mansfield

A driver crashed their car after falling asleep behind the wheel on the M1 near Mansfield.

Sunday, 22nd May 2022, 1:51 pm

Derbyshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit tweeted about the incident this morning, May 22.

Photos from the scene of the crash show a black coloured car left completely unrecognisable after the front bumper was crumpled in the collision with a gantry sign structure close to the exit slip road for the A617 for Mansfield.

Officers from Derbyshire RPU said no-one was injured in the crash, but the driver was reported to court.

Pictures show the car which was left crumpled by the collision after a driver fell asleep at the wheel on the M1 near Chesterfield this morning (May 22)

They said: “Driving home early this morning. Driver fell asleep at the wheel and this is the result. Car safety technology saving lives again – no injuries. Driver reported to court.”

Responding to officers, one Twitter user said: “This driver was very lucky maybe next time they will think before driving while tired could have being so much worse.”

Another added: “My god, he should buy a lottery ticket, unbelievably lucky.”

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The collision occurred after a driver fell asleep at the wheel on the M1 near Chesterfield this morning (May 22)
The driver fell asleep at the wheel and left the road before colliding with a gantry sign on the M1 near Chesterfield this morning (May 22)