Investigations will continue today after two men died in a plane crash near the M1 in Nottinghamshire on Saturday.
The light aircraft came down in a field close to junction 26 of the motorway near Hucknall. Eyewitnesses say the plane nose-dived towards the road before crash landing in a field.
Work to reduce congestion on the M1 at junction 24 near Kegworth start today.
Six million pounds is being spent on the construction of a new carriageway, in the middle of the junction, to remove traffic travelling from the A50 to the M1 southbound.
This traffic will instead be redirected to the entry slip road at M1 junction 23a via the A453.
The work is expected to be completed in December. 40mph speed limits will be in place throughout the work. The project is being carried out by Laing O'Rourke which is als the company widening the A453 into Nottingham.
Highways Agency Project Manager Kevin Harvey said:
“To have the same contractor for both sets of work will ensure a seamless merge between the two with tighter collaboration in terms of delivery and ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum."
“We apologise in advance for the disruption and inconvenience experienced by road users and businesses, but the junction following this work will be much better and freer flowing, boosting the local economy and driving economic growth.”
Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed tonight that two men have died after the plane they were travelling in came down in a field next to the M1 this afternoon.
They are believed to have been the only people on board when it crashed near to J26 at around 13:30.
Inspectors from the Air Accident Investigation Branch are now examining the scene.
A light aircraft came down in a field next to the M1 around 13:30 this afternoon - there are two casualties.
Two casualties are reported after a small plane crashed just yards from the M1 motorway in Nottinghamshire this afternoon.Read the full story ›
It was very close to the motorway, I would say half the size of a football field away
I rang the Police straight away and pulled over. Two other gentleman were also on their way over to help. The Police, the Ambulance and the Fire Crew were all first-class, amazing response.
Craig Wing from Clifton in Nottinghamshire says he saw the aircraft get into difficulties.
He was travelling Northbound on the M1 - turned round at the next junction, pulled up, and ran through fields next to the motorway to try and help.
Craig Wing from Clifton was heading to Meadowhall with his family when he witnessed the plane crash into a field near the M1 motorway.
"It wasn't nice, my kids were very upset, saying Dad we've got to go and help these people. I ran through the fields to the aircraft. It went down very close to the motorway, I would say half the size of a football field away."