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Canary42 | 13:04 Thu 14th Apr 2022 | Motoring
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Something odd here.

"Investigators now think that the crash happened around 4.20am on Tuesday, April 5 – seven days before the body of the man, who is in his 40s, was discovered."

Stuck on the central reservation allegedly. Don't the police patrol this motorway more frequently than weekly ?

What is the evidence that it happened earlier (dash-cam/car clock possibly, but a bit tenuous with no guarantee that they're correct).

Anyway, if you saw anything, please respond as referenced in the article. The poor guy's family deserve to know more.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/one-person-dead-serious-crash-103600949.html

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Same sort of thing happened a few years ago on the M9 near Dunblane, car off the road and into the trees undergrowth. From memory it lay for three days, one occupant died at the scene, the other shortly after.
All of this despite calls about a car leaving the road.

Not great.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/driver-m9-crash-left-two-6466317
The central reservation where he crashed is a wooded area.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-61082099

I remember the crash on the A9, it happened when Police Scotland took over and it was felt that central control rooms were partly responsible for the outcome.
>>> What is the evidence that it happened earlier.

Possibly
(a) examination of motorway ANPR camera records, showing that the vehicle entered the motorway, or was already on it, at Jn 11 of the motorway at just before 4.20am on April 5 but that it never reached Jn 12 ; and/or
(b) the guy's mobile phone records, which show that he was mobile on the motorway at that time but then his location became static.


>>> Don't the police patrol this motorway more frequently than weekly ?

I'm sure they do but vehicles that have been involved in a minor bump that leaves them undriveable (or where the driver has been conveyed to hospital) quite often get left on the central reservation until arrangements have been made for the removal of the car. Similarly, some broken down vehicles can end up there too. The police wouldn't necessarily check every vehicle in such a position. If anything, it would usually be a Highways Agency patrol that would pick up on, and then deal with, with the fact that a vehicle had been left where it shouldn't have been.

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