Firefighters free van driver trapped following M1 smash in Northamptonshire

HGV also involved in collision which closed southbound carriageway for seven hours

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:25 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:26 am

Firefighters cut a driver out of a wrecked van following a smash which closed a Northamptonshire stretch of the M1 for nearly seven hours overnight.

The van and an HGV were involved in the crash between junction 18 for Daventry and junction 17, where the M45 joins the M1, at about midnight.

No update has been issued on the driver's condition.

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The M1 re-opened at around 7am following a serious crash at around midnight. Photo: Getty Images
The M1 re-opened at around 7am following a serious crash at around midnight. Photo: Getty Images

Crews from Northampton, Long Buckby and Warwickshire all rushed to the scene.

Highways England reported queues of nearly three miles when they were finally able to re-open the stretch of road at 7am on Wednesday (March 31).

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