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M1 car crash victim was 'lively, likeable character'

Staff at the school attended by one of the victims of Monday's fatal crash on the M1 have paid tribute to him.

27-year-old Michael Luciw attended the Trinity Catholic school in Nottingham from September 2000.

"He was a lively, likeable character with a very personable nature and many friends. He got on well with his teachers. He was always a family orientated young man who was keen to support his Mum and Dad and took a keen interest in his younger siblings who also came to Trinity. He was always loyal, had a good steady work ethic and he left here to go into employment."

"A number of staff here still remember him and a number of ex staff have also contacted the school today, because they remember the family fondly and wanted to express their sadness. We are all shocked and upset to hear this very sad news and would pass on our condolences to the family."

– John Dexter, Acting Headteacher

Family say M1 crash victim will be 'deeply missed'

27-year old Michael Luciw died in yesterday's crash Credit: Leicestershire Police

The family of one of the victims of yesterday's crash has described him as being a 'huge part' of their lives, adding that he will be 'deeply missed'.

27-year old Michael Luciw died following the crash on the M1 in Leicestershire in the early hours of Monday morning.

"It is with deepest sadness that Michael Luciw loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew was sadly killed in the early hours of Monday morning on the M1 in a fatal car crash in which another person also died." "We as a family would appreciate at this time to be left alone to come to terms with his loss. He was a huge part of all our lives and will be deeply missed. Thank you."

– Michael's mother, Andrea Shelton and father Stefan Luciw

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One of M1 crash victims named by police

One of the victims of the accident has been named Credit: ITV News Central

The passenger of a van who died in a collision on the M1 yesterday has been named.

Michael Joseph Luciw, 27, from Nottingham, died when the white Ford Transit van he was travelling in was involved in a collision near Junction 24 of the southbound carriageway.

The incident happened at around 2am yesterday and also involved a blue Mazda Premacy.

The 87-year-old driver of the Mazda also died in the collision but has not been identified by police.

The driver of the van was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where he remains in a stable condition.

Michael’s family have asked for privacy to grieve.

M1 now 'fully re-opened' following fatal accident

The M1 southbound carriageway between Junctions 25 and 24 has now been fully re-opened, according to Highways England.

Police have thanked those affected for their patience during the disruption.

M1 Southbound expected to re-open 'before 10.00pm'

The M1 Southbound is expected to re-open 'before 10.00pm' according to Highways England.

The stretch between Junctions 25 and 24 has been closed since the early hours of this morning following a crash which killed two people.

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M1 to be closed southbound 'until this evening'

The M1 southbound carriageway is set be closed until this evening around 7-8pm following a fatal road traffic collision this morning, police have confirmed.

The collision happened at about 2am near to junction 24 of the southbound carriageway and involved two vehicles – a blue Mazda Premacy and a white Ford transit van.

Prior to the collision police had received reports of a car travelling the wrong way up the southbound carriageway of the M1.

The 87-year-old driver of the Mazda and a 27-year-old, who was a passenger in the van, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where he remains in a stable condition.

The southbound carriageway is being worked on after the road surface sustained considerable damage during the incident. As a result, the carriageway between Junction 24 and 25 is closed while work continues.

The one lane closure on the northbound carriageway has been lifted and this carriageway has now fully reopened.

M1 likely to remain shut 'for another 3-4 hours'

The van being recovered earlier today Credit: ITV News Central

The M1 southbound is likely to be remain shut between J25 and J24 for another three to four hours, ITV News Central has been told.

Two men were killed in a crash involving a van and a car in the early hours of this morning.

Our Correspondent Peter Bearne is at the scene:

Van involved in fatal M1 crash recovered

A Ford Transit van and Mazda Premacy were involved in the crash Credit: ITV News Central

The van involved in a crash on the M1 which killed two people has been recovered from the scene.

A 27-year-old man, who was a passenger in the van, died along with an 87-year-old man, who was driving a Mazda Premacy.

Police are investigating reports that a car was travelling down the M1 in the wrong direction before the crash in the early hours of this morning.

More: The latest pictures from the scene

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