Woman dies in Christmas Eve fatal M1 motorway crash

25 December 2019, 08:44 | Updated: 25 December 2019, 09:44

Parts of the M1 remain closed on Christmas Day
Parts of the M1 remain closed on Christmas Day. Picture: Google Earth
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A stretch of the M1 is closed in both directions in the Bedfordshire area after two serious crashes on the motorway overnight.

Part of the motorway in Bedfordshire was closed late on Tuesday night after a serious crash on the northbound carriageway, according to Highways England.

The collision took place between Junction 11a and Junction 12, between Aylesbury and Flitwick, and left drivers stranded for several hours.

Bedfordshire Police tweeted that they were on the scene shortly before midnight.

A second accident took place on the M1 in Hertfordshire, between Luton Airport and Dunstable.

Highways England say collision investigation is required and the road will stay shut for a ‘protracted amount of time.’

Hertfordshire Police said the southbound road was opened on Christmas morning, between Junctions 10 and 9.

Meanwhile, Bedfordshire police confirmed a woman has died in a serious collision on the M1 on Christmas Eve.

The force said a number of vehicles were involved in the collision at around 11.15pm on the northbound stretch of the motorway near junction 12.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Members from all of the emergency services attended both crashes.

Both directions were closed to allow an air ambulance to land on the carriageway as officers from Hertfordshire Police and paramedics deal with the incident.

Diversions are in place for people wishing to use the motorway on Christmas Day.

Travellers heading southbound through Hertfordshire are advised to go via Luton and Harpenden and those wishing to drive northbound through Bedfordshire should use the Dunstable Bypass.

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