A mother killed on a smart motorway after her car broke down was unable to get out of the inside lane, an inquest heard.
Nargis Begum, 62, was killed when her car broke down on a section of the M1 in South Yorkshire which had no hard shoulder.
The mother of five was outside the vehicle on the inside lane of the motorway when she was hit by her car, which was propelled into her by a lorry near Woodall services in September 2018.
Despite Mrs Begum being stranded for 16 minutes and 21 seconds before the collision, Highways England, which has since rebranded as National Highways, failed to spot the breakdown so the lane could be closed to traffic.
Mrs Begum was being driven by her husband, Mohammed Bashir, who survived. They were travelling from Derby to Sheffield in their daughter’s car after paying a visit to friends.
‘I heard a loud bang and couldn’t see my wife’
On the first day of an inquest into Mrs Begum’s death at Doncaster Coroner’s Court, Mr Bashir, a taxi driver, said his wife was unable to get over the safety barrier after their car lost power and he was forced to pull into the far left lane.
In his written statement read out by court staff, Mr Bashir said: “I heard a loud bang and couldn’t see my wife.”
At first, he said he thought she may have walked further down the motorway to get over the barrier.
Mrs Begum’s daughter, Saima Aktar, said her mother was “truly a blooming flower in our lives”, who was “caring, loving and selfless” and had an infectious smile.