Two lorry drivers killed after serious collision on M1 motorway near Milton Keynes

Two lorry drivers have died after a serious collision that closed the M1 southbound for several hours on Saturday. Images of the crash site showed one of the lorry cabs was severely damaged in the collision, while the other had gone through an embankment. The accident at 6.30am on Saturday morning sparked a major recovery operation, with police appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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 dashcam footage from around that time so we can piece together the circumstances which led to this tragic incident.”

Image: Police said the collision was ‘serious’. Pic: South Beds News Agency

Both drivers were confirmed dead at the scene and their next of kin have been informed.

The northbound and southbound carriageways between junction 12 at Flitwick and junction 13 near Milton Keynes were closed after the collision in the aftermath of the crash, Highways England said. Police say the southbound carriageway will remain closed “until further notice”, but the northbound carriageway has since reopened.

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Drivers are being urged to find alternative routes after the HGVs collided on the southbound carriageway shortly after 6.30am.

Bedfordshire Police tweeted they were at the scene of a “serious collision”. An air ambulance also attended. The Highways Agency said on its website: “Bedfordshire Police are conducting collision investigations due to the seriousness of the incident.

“Complex recovery will then take place. “The road is likely to remain closed throughout the afternoon, however, at this time there is no estimate for when the road will reopen.” The southbound road closure was expected to affect those returning home from their winter holidays, as well as football supporters heading to the Aston Villa FA Cup match at Fulham.

Fans were told to use the M40 instead.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision can call call police on 101 quoting Op Effervescence.