The M1 has reopened in both directions following an incident – but motorists still face miles of congestions.
On Tuesday morning (October 19), the motorway was shut between junction 28 for the A38 (Mansfield, Matlock) and junction 27 for the A608 (Heanor, Hucknall), with congestion extending to junction 29 (Chesterfield, Mansfield).
Police said the motorway was shut over concerns for a man’s safety.
And a spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance said one person had been taken to hospital.
Highways bosses said at 1pm that the motorway had reopened northbound between junctions 27 and 28.
The southbound carriageway has also reopened.
In the latest update, Highways England said: “M1 southbound is now open between J28 and J27. Delays are clearing. There is approx. 4.5 miles of congestion remaining. Please add an extra 30 minutes on to your journey time. Safe travels.”
Earlier, highways chiefs said: “The Derbyshire police-led incident has been resolved and the northbound carriageway has reopened.
“Southbound remains closed for vehicle recovery and barrier assessment.
“If you’re travelling on the M1 northbound, please allow time for the delays to ease.
“If travelling southbound, please add an additional 60 minutes on to your journey on approach to J28.”
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We sent a double-crewed ambulance, two paramedics in fast response cars and the Hazardous Area Response Team.
“The police and fire services were also in attendance. One patient was taken to King’s Mill Hospital.”