A coroner has called for a review of smart motorways after an inquest heard the deaths of two men on a stretch of the M1 could have been avoided.
Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, died when Prezemyslaw Szuba crashed his lorry into their vehicles near Sheffield on 7 June 2019.
Coroner David Urpeth said smart motorways without a hard shoulder carry “an ongoing risk of future deaths”.
Highways England said it was “addressing many of the points raised”.
Mr Urpeth recorded a verdict of unlawful killing at Sheffield Town Hall. He added he would be writing to Highways England and the transport secretary asking for a review.
The inquest heard the deaths of the two men may have been avoided had there had been a hard shoulder.
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On the stretch of the M1 where the crash took place, the hard shoulder has been replaced by an active lane.
Szuba, 40, from Hull, was jailed last year after admitting causing their deaths by careless driving.