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A brand new Lamborghini has been totalled in a motorway smash just 20 minutes after the owner had purchased it.
The luxurious car, which is believed to be worth around £200,000 ($248k) stopped on the M1 motorway near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, due to a mechanical failure.
As it was stationary in the third lane it was hit from behind by an 'innocent motorist' driving a van.
A police spokeswoman confirmed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that the Lamborghini and a van had collided, leaving the van driver with head injuries which are not believed to be serious.
PC Richard Whiteley, from West Yorkshire Police, tweeted pictures of the damaged sports car with the caption: "It's only a car ! But on this occasion a 20 minute old brand new Lamborghini that stopped due mechanical failure in lane 3 them hit from behind by an innocent motorist."
Replying to PC Whiteley, one person pointed out: "I hope [an] insured driver hit him... I don't want their premium next time! (Ouch)."
Another added: "I wouldn't be too happy that a £200k car suffered mechanical failure after 20 minutes."
A third wrote: "Drove past this not long after it happened, hope the driver of this car and the unfortunate van that hit it are OK."
Someone else said: "Mechanical failure? Owner could have been killed. Hope everyone involved is OK - cars can be replaced, we can't."
The crash caused major delays on the southbound carriageway, which was closed while the vehicles were removed, with Leeds Live reporting that queues were more than three miles long.
Accident on the M1 south between J40 #Flushdyke and J39 #Durkar. Lanes are blocked as @WYP_RPU and our #TrafficOfficers deal with multiple vehicles. pic.twitter.com/7E3yPafSmk
- Highways England (@HighwaysYORKS) June 24, 2020
Vehicles had been using the exit slip-road at junction 40 (A638 Wakefield Road, Ossett/Wakefield) to get around the crash scene until around 1.30pm.
All the lanes were reopened once again by around 2.50pm this afternoon with normality resumed -with the some added delays to be expected as traffic recovered.
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