Three deaths on the M1 in last seven days

Woman dies in M1 bridge fall and mo­torist killed in crash

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - DAN MARTIN hinck­ley­times@reach­plc.com

A MAN is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal after a ma­jor in­ci­dent on the M1 in Le­ices­ter­shire.

He and a woman were found in­jured on the car­riage­way close to a bridge near Le­ices­ter For­est East Ser­vice sta­tion, shortly after 2pm on Satur­day.

It is un­der­stood they fell from the bridge.

Po­lice have pre­vi­ously con­firmed the woman was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The man was taken to Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Coven­try by air ambu- lance, where po­lice said he was still un­der­go­ing treat­ment for crit­i­cal in­juries yes­ter­day.

Po­lice have not yet re­vealed any de­tails about the de­ceased woman.

They are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances and have ap­pealed for mo­torists who have dash­cam footage that may help with in­quiries to come for­ward.

The force has said no ve­hi­cles were in­volved in what hap­pened on Satur­day and the woman’s death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

Of­fi­cers are pre­par­ing a file for the coro­ner, who will iden­tify the body.

The in­ci­dent re­sulted in the M1 be­ing closed in both direc­tions be­tween junc­tions 21, at Fosse Park, and 21A, near Le­ices­ter For­est East, for about four hours so 999 ve­hi­cles could ac­cess the scene, lead­ing to long tail­backs.

All the lanes were re­opened by about 6pm but it took some time for the con­ges­tion to clear.

The de­lays af­fected mo­torists into the early evening, in­clud­ing some Le­ices­ter City and Ever­ton fans try­ing to get home after the match at the King Power Sta­dium.

A po­lice spokeswoman said: “Of­fi­cers would like to thank mo­torists who may have been caught up in the tail­backs for their pa­tience.”

It has been a dif­fi­cult week­end for the emer­gency ser­vices and drivers on the M1 through Le­ices­ter­shire.

At 11.30am on Satur­day, flash flood­ing brought traf­fic to a stand­still while gul­leys were cleared.

Then, on Sun­day af­ter­noon part of the mo­tor­way was closed for a third time.

The north­bound stretch be­tween junc­tions 18, near Rugby, and 19, at Catthorpe, was shut to al­low the emer­gency ve­hi­cles to get to a crash in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles.

Any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the two peo­ple found on the car­riage­way is asked to call po­lice on 101.

MATT JAMES

TAIL­BACKS: A reader took this pic­ture of the queu­ing traf­fic

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