Fa­tal crash on the M69

Road was closed un­til 4.45pm yes­ter­day

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - MATT LLOYD hinck­ley­times@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ONE per­son was killed in a mo­tor­way smash which closed the M69 for many hours yes­ter­day.

The air am­bu­lance, along with po­lice, paramedics and fire crews all at­tended the scene on the north­bound car­riage­way between junc­tion 1 for Hinck­ley and junc­tion 2 for Sap­cote at around 10am.

Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice said three ve­hi­cles, a white tran­sit van, a black BMW 1 Se­ries and a break­down re­cov­ery truck were in­volved in the smash.

A 42-year-old man, the driver of the re­cov­ery truck, was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and was taken to the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals of Coven­try and War­wick­shire where he re­mains in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

The driver of the BMW was taken to the Le­ices­ter Royal In­fir­mary with mi­nor in­juries.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Mark Watling from the Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit is ap­peal­ing for any­one who saw any of the ve­hi­cles be­ing driven be­fore­hand or the col­li­sion it­self to get in touch.

He said: “If you saw any­thing that you be­lieve could as­sist with our en­quiries and you have not yet spo­ken to po­lice we’d like to hear from you.

“If you were trav­el­ling along the M69 in ei­ther di­rec­tion and have in­for­ma­tion about the col­li­sion please call us.”

Le­ices­ter­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said one per­son had to be cut free from a vehicle.

A pic­ture from the scene posted by Twit­ter user Alex Styles showed a tran­sit van on top of the car trans­porter which ap­peared to have lost its cabin.

At the time of go­ing to press the north­bound car­riage­way re­mained closed as po­lice col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers ex­am­ined the scene. The south­bound M69 re­opened in the mid­dle of yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

A spokesman for East Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “We re­ceived the 999 call to­day at 10.01am re­port­ing an in­ci­dent between J1-J2 M69.

“Us­ing the in­for­ma­tion given by the caller, the in­ci­dent was recorded as a road traffic col­li­sion.

“Our Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre sent two am­bu­lance crews, an am­bu­lance car, the air am­bu­lance, as well as a doc­tor from the East Mid­lands Im­me­di­ate Care Scheme (EMICs).

“Our am­bu­lance crews took pa­tients to Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Coven­try.”

Di­ver­sions were set up di­rect­ing north­bound traffic along the A5 to join the M1 at junc­tion 20 while south­bound traffic was forced to leave the M1 at junc­tion 21 and fol­low the A5 to Hinck­ley and onto the M69 at junc­tion 1.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion was asked to con­tact Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent 211 of 10 October.

Pic­ture from Twit­ter user Alex Styles (@astyles) The scene of a smash which closed the M69 in both di­rec­tions. One per­son was re­ported trapped fol­low­ing the smash between a tran­sit van and a car trans­porter. THe air am­bu­lance was sent to the scene clos­ing the mo­tor­way in both di­rec­tions.

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