Massive crash between two lorries closes M1 as authorities confirm motorway will be closed all day
Massive crash between two lorries closes M1 as authorities confirm motorway will be closed all day causing mayhem for thousands of football fans going to FA Cup matches
- Two HGVs crashed into each other on the M1 motorway near Luton Airport
- Bedfordshire police have closed both carriageways on the busy motorway
- The recovery operation is expected to last until the early hours tomorrow
- The condition of both truck drivers involved in the crash is not yet known
The M1 motorway has been closed following a horrific collision involving two HGVs just north of Luton Airport.
The cab of one truck has been completely demolished while the send careered over an embankment with its trailer dangling precariously over the edge.
The incident happened around 6.40am.
Bedfordshire Police has closed the motorway in both directions causing traffic chaos for thousands of football fans travelling to this afternoon’s FA Cup matches.
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.
This is the horrific scene after two HGVs were involved in a crash on the M1 Motorway just north of Luton Airport before 8am today.
The carriageway is expected to be closed until tomorrow morning while the recovery operation continues
Both trucks involved in the crash suffered extensive damage which has made the recovery operation more difficult
Highways England predict the M1 could be closed until the early hours of tomorrow morning
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
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 are at the scene.
There has been no confirmation yet as to the condition of both drivers.
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.
Bedfordshire Police told MailOnline: ‘Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the M1.
‘We were called at around 6.43am this morning (Saturday) to reports that two HGVs had been involved in a collision between J13 and J12.
‘The motorway is currently closed in both directions while we and fellow emergency services deal with the incident.
‘Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 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.
Fans have been urged to use the M40 rather than the M1 if heading from the north to London
Traffic is being diverted along the A5 to avoid the closed section of the M1 motorway
The incident happened between Junction 12 and 13 on the southbound carriageway of the M1