Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Both lorry drivers involved in M1 crash have DIED: Horror smash on stretch recently upgraded to ‘smart motorway’ claims two lives as road remains closed

  • Two lorry drivers have died in a serious collision that closed the M1 both ways 
  • Two HGVs crashed into each other on the M1 motorway near Luton Airport
  • Police said the southbound carriageway will remain closed ‘until further notice’ 
  • The recovery operation is expected to last until the early hours tomorrow 

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Two lorry drivers have been killed in a crash that closed the M1 for several hours.

Bedfordshire Police said officers were called to the scene at around 6.45am on Saturday following the collision on the southbound carriageway between junctions 13 and 12.

The force confirmed both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene and their next of kin have been informed.

The motorway was closed in both directions, although the northbound carriageway was reopened at around 2pm.

Police said the southbound carriageway will remain closed ‘until further notice’.

This is the horrific scene after two HGVs were involved in a crash on the M1 Motorway just north of Luton Airport, killing both lorry drivers 

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

The motorway was closed in both directions, although the northbound carriageway was reopened at around 2pm

Sergeant Aaron Murphy said: ‘This was a serious collision which has taken the lives of two people, so we are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who has dash-cam footage from around that time so we can piece together the circumstances which led to this tragic incident.

‘I’d also like to thank the public for their co-operation and patience during the recovery operation.’

Earlier on Saturday, a Highways England spokeswoman said the southbound carriageway was likely to be closed for ‘several hours’ as police investigations were ‘still taking place’.

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Recovery trucks arrived at the scene to remove the smashed lorries at lunch time 

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

The cab of one truck was completely demolished while the send careered over an embankment with its trailer dangling precariously over the edge

The road closure affected traffic heading to the FA Cup matches between Watford and Tranmere and Fulham and Aston Villa, and fans returning home have been advised to use alternative routes.

The East of England Ambulance Service said three of its Hazardous Area Response Teams (Hart) were called to the scene, along with an ambulance and air ambulance.

The cab of one truck was completely demolished while the send careered over an embankment with its trailer dangling precariously over the edge. 

The smash happened in an area which had been recently upgraded to a ‘smart motorway’ with the installation of a ‘dynamic hard shoulder’ which can be used as a fourth lane during times of heavy congestion.  

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Rescue services erected a privacy screen around the two crashed lorries 

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Both trucks involved in the crash suffered extensive damage which has made the recovery operation more difficult

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Highways England predict the M1 could be closed until the early hours of tomorrow morning

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Football fans have been warned they face significant delays if planning on using the M1 to attend this afternoon’s FA Cup Third Round games

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Motorists have been warned they face significant delays if they use the M1 motorway

According to Highways England’s website, normal traffic conditions in the area are not expected to resume until the early hours of tomorrow morning. 

The incident happened at 6.40am on the M1 southbound between Junction 12 and 13. 

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue as well as Bedfordshire Police were at the scene.

A major recovery operation is underway while traffic police are trying to determine how the crash happened. 

Removing the trucks will also be a tricky operation as one of them smashed through the crash barrier and is balanced over the side of an embankment. 

Once both trucks are removed, highway engineers will examine the carriageway to determine what work will need to be done to reopen the road. 

If the trucks spilled diesel on the tarmac as a result of bursting their fuel tanks, the road surface may need to be replaced before the motorway can reopen. 

Police said: ‘Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or get in touch via our online reporting centre quoting Op Effervescence.’

Highways England advised drivers attending the FA Cup match between Fulham and Aston Villa to use the M40 if travelling from Birmingham.

The East of England Ambulance Service said three of its Hazardous Area Response Teams (Hart) were at the scene, along with an ambulance and air ambulance.

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Both trucks were badly damaged following this morning’s horrific accident at around 6.40am

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Fans have been urged to use the M40 rather than the M1 if heading from the north to London

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

Traffic is being diverted along the A5 to avoid the closed section of the M1 motorway 

Both lorry drivers have died after massive M1 crash

The incident happened between Junction 12 and 13 on the southbound carriageway of the M1

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