M1 J8 closed after car hits barrier and flips over

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The driver of a car that today hit an M1 barrier and overturned was lucky to escape with minor injuries.

Emergency services closed the northbound motorway just before the Junction 8 turn-off for Hemel Hempstead after a 999 call-out just after 11.10am today.

Paramedics reported that a woman in her 30s had minor injuries and was in shock after escaping from her black Ford Fiesta. She is now receiving treatment at Hemel Hempstead Hospital.

It is unknown what caused the car to flip over, but there was no other vehicle involved in the collision.

The two slower lanes of the motorway were reopened within 10 minutes, but the other two – which were blocked by the car – were closed until just before 12.40pm. The car was recovered just after midday.