A MAN has died after a lorry ploughed into his car after he got out of the vehicle when it stopped on the A1.
The Sunderland man, believed to be in his 50s, died at the scene in North Yorkshire.
Investigating officers believe the silver car the man was driving had stopped on the southbound carriageway.
The man, who has not yet been identified by police, had got out of his car and was believed to be standing on the road when a HGV hit the vehicle.
The lorry driver, who was not injured, has been arrested and is being quizzed by police.
There was no one else in the man’s car at the time of the incident, which happened at about 8.30am yesterday.
The A1 southbound was closed for more than six hours between junctions 46 and 48, near Allerton Park, in North Yorkshire, while investigators examined the scene and the crushed car and debris were cleared off the road.
The collision caused miles of tailbacks on the A1 and A19 for motorists joining the road. The northbound carriageway was also briefly closed.
North Yorkshire Police are now appealing for witnesses who may know why the man stopped and got out of his car to come forward.
They would also like to speak to anyone who saw a stationary car and a man on the road.
Any witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Steve Gardner.