Van driver, 37, dies in col­li­sion on the M1 mo­tor­way

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A 37-year-old mo­torist was killed in a col­li­sion be­tween a van and a lorry on the M1 near Lut­ter­worth, it has been con­firmed.

Northamp­ton­shire Po­lice said the van driver was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the crash, on Wed­nes­day evening.

It hap­pened on the south­bound car­riage­way, one mile north of junc­tion 18.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the scene at about 7.15pm.

A spokeswoman for the Northamp­ton­shire force said: “At about 7.15pm, the Mercedes van which was trav­el­ling on the M1 south­bound, one mile from junc­tion 18, was in col­li­sion with the lorry in the same car­riage­way. “A 37-year-old man sadly died.” The in­ci­dent saw all south­bound lanes of the M1 closed be­tween the Catthorpe in­ter­change for the M6 at junc­tion 19 and junc­tion 18 for Daven­try.

It re­sulted in wide­spread con­ges­tion on the mo­tor­ways and sur­round­ing roads, with south­bound traf­fic di­verted off at junc­tion 20 for Lut­ter­worth and along the A5 past Magna Park.

The east­bound car­riage­way of the M6 was also shut at junc­tion 1.

Traf­fic trapped be­tween junc­tion 19 and the scene of the crash was re­leased at 8.40pm.

The road was not fully re­opened un­til 12.30am on Thurs­day.

Any­one who wit­nessed the col­li­sion or has any in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Northamp­ton­shire Po­lice’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit on 101.

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