Two dead after van comes off motorway
Vehicle hits trees killing both driver and passenger
A silver Renault Trafic van is believed to have come off the northbound carriageway nearside just before 3.45pm between junctions three (Loudwater) and four (Handy Cross).
The 22-year-old driver and a 31-year-old passenger, both from Warwick- shire, were declared dead at the scene.
Their next of kin have been informed.
The other two passengers, both men, were taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.
The fire, police and ambulance service were at the scene and motorists were asked to avoid the area.
The carriageway was closed for more than two hours while the emergency services dealt with the incident. Two lanes were reopened at around 6pm.
Investigating officer PC Richard Martin, from the roads policing unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two men who died today.
“At this stage we do not believe there was another vehicle involved.
“However, we are very keen to hear from anyone who saw the silver van prior to the collision or witnessed the collision itself. Anyone who has in- formation and has not yet contacted police is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 982 29/3.”
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.