Top road-smash hotspots revealed

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A stretch of motorway that runs through Derbyshire and close to Ilkeston has been the site of more traffic collisions than any other road in the county over the last five years, figures reveal.

Statistics have shown that a total of 550 collisions occurred on the Derbyshire section of the M1 from 2009 and 2013, making it the number one accident hotspot in the county.

The well-used motorway is closely followed by the A6, which has seen 404 collisions, and the A61 road, on which 375 collisions have occurred.

However, the figures, which have been uncovered by the Ilkeston Advertiser in a Freedom of Information Act request, also show both the number of collisions and casualties on the county’s roads have reduced in the last five years.

A total of 1,655 collisions occurred in the county, excluding Derby City, in 2013, with a total of 2,306 casualties.

Of these collisions, 21 were fatal, 240 were serious and 1,394 were slight, however the number of both casualties and collisions in the county have gone down since 2009.

There were 2,177 collisions recorded by Derbyshire Constabulary in 2009 and 2,974 casualties.

A spokesman for the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership said: “We’re glad that the number of people killed or injured on our roads has fallen - but even one casualty is one too many.

“We’re continuing to work to make our roads safer.”