M1 CRASH UPDATE: Lorry driver died at the scene

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THE driver of a lorry involved in a crash on the M1 yesterday (Friday) has died, according to police.

Police have confirmed this morning that the driver of one of the HGVs involved was pronounced dead at the scene.

They are now appealing for witnesses following the collision which took place on the M1 northbound at around 2.10pm yesterday.

The four-vehicle collision took place just north of Watford Gap Services near junction 17.

A National Express coach, two heavy goods vehicles and a white Ford transit box van were involved.

Nobody else was injured and the motorway remained closed into the evening to allow time for examination and recovery.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “During the course of the four-vehicle collision a mobile office came loose from the back of a flatbed truck.

“We are issuing a further appeal for witnesses, particularly anybody who was travelling on the National Express coach involved in the collision, which was the Number 450 service from London Victoria to Nottingham, which left London Victoria at midday.”

The motorway was closed northbound from junction 15a to junction 18 at Crick for several hours. Tailbacks went as far back as Milton Keynes.

The southbound carriageway was also badly affected with traffic chaos from Catthorpe down to Northampton. All diversion routes were also heavily congested as motorists were advised by police to avoid the area.

Any witnesses to the crash can call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615 or send a text to our textline on 07765 637201.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.