Police trying to work out puzzle of how HGV flipped onto side blocking M1

Police and highways officials are trying to work out what happened to cause a lorry to overturn on the M1 today. The HGV flipped onto its side on the M1 southbound carriageway between junction 19 for the Catthorpe Interchange and junction 18 for Rugby at around 8.30am. No other vehicle was involved in the incident which saw the HGV coming to rest on its side in the fast lane.

Despite thick fog highways say the weather conditions ‘weren’t that bad’ at the time of the incident.

The scene of the crash on the M1

An East Midlands Ambulance crew was called to the scene. The driver escaped the crash with minor bruising. A Highways England spokesman said: “We just don’t know what happened to cause the lorry to end up like it did.

“The incident did not involve any other vehicle and weather conditions weren’t that bad. “The police are making their enquiries into exactly what happened.” At times, the motorway has been reduced to one lane to allow emergency services try to deal with the situation, while one lane northbound has also been closed off to give recovery room to work.

This has caused delays of up to an hour and miles and miles of tailbacks. Highways England also appealed to drivers passing the scene not to slow down to rubber-neck.

Police trying to work out puzzle of how HGV flipped onto side blocking M1Recovery taking place

“This is causing us problems,” he said. “We would appeal to motorist to drive past the scene without slowing down to look at what is going on. “It is only adding to the delays which ware frustrating for everyone.”

A recovery team is working to try to right the HGV and remove it from the carriageway.

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Police have advised drivers to find an alternative route.

Highways England warned that normal road conditions might not be resumed until 4.30pm.

Updates on the incident are here.

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