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