Plans to roll out smart motorways dealt blow as four people die on M1 in 10 ...

() Plans to roll out smart motorways across country dealt blow as it's revealed four people were killed on the M1 in 10 months 'due to lack of hard shoulder' Four people have been killed on the M1 in just 10 months on same patch of road Spate of deaths in year have raised concerns about safety of smart motorway  Widow Claire Mercer is suing Highways England over death of husband Jason 

By Connor Boyd For Mailonline

Published: 02:02 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 02:02 BST, 1 September 2019

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Plans to roll out smart motorways across the country were dealt a fresh blow last night after a widow announced she plans to sue Highways England for corporate manslaughter.

A spate of deaths in the last year have raised concerns about the safety of the road - which use technologies and strategies to reduce congestion and increase capacity.

These methods include using the hard shoulder as a running lane and using to control the flow of traffic.

In June, Jason Mercer, 44, was killed when a lorry ploughed into him after he pulled over to exchange contact details with another driver

In June, Jason Mercer, 44, was killed when a lorry ploughed into him after he pulled over to exchange contact details with another driver

He had stopped to exchange details with Alexandru Murgeanu (pictured), 22, who was also mown down and killed

He had stopped to exchange details with Alexandru Murgeanu (pictured),

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