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Top 10: Obscure reasons the motorways were closed

Research by the Institute of Advance Motorists (IAM) has revealed the most obscure reasons for motorway closure in Britain. 

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Reason: Thrown object

Number of incidents: 152

Throwing a crisp packet or an apple core from a car window is a pretty scruffy thing to do, but you do wonder what on earth could be discarded through a car window of sufficient size, explosiveness or toxicity to necessitate closing an entire lane of a motorway?

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