Several people have died after a horrific collision between two lorries and a minibus on the M1, causing chaos for motorists travelling for the Bank Holiday weekend.
The devastating crash happened on the soutbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15, near Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, just before 3.15am.
It’s not yet known where the lorries were travelling from, but it’s thought the minibus had come from the Nottingham area.
Two men have reportedly been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and both are now being questioned by police
As well as those who have died, four people have been rushed to hospital.
One witness tweeted that it was ‘the worst lorry crash’.
‘It’s awful,’ the user, Rad, wrote. ‘Two lorries and caravan, the front of one is completely caved in and the caravan is completely gone.’
Motorists are being told to avoid the area while emergency services work at the scene. The southbound carriageway between J15 and J14 is currently closed, and is likely to remain closed for a significant amount of time.
Those travelling for the Bank Holiday are being urged to find an alternative route.
Chief Inspector Henry Parsons from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, said: ‘Emergency services are currently on the scene responding to this collision and road closures are in place.
‘We would ask all motorists to please avoid the area, use alternative routes and await further updates before attempting to travel on this route. We appreciate motorists’ patience while we deal with this serious incident.
‘I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to officers to please contact us. Anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 214 of 26/8.’