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Latest pictures from M1 where two died in crash

Two people were killed in a crash earlier this morning Credit: Ewhen Kurlak / ITV News Central

These are the latest photos of the M1 in Leicestershire, where two people were killed in a crash earlier this morning.

Police are investigating reports a car travelled the wrong way down the motorway prior to the crash in the early hours.

The southbound carriageway remains closed.

The southbound carriageway remains closed Credit: Ewhen Kurlak / ITV News Central
Police cordon off the motorway earlier this morning Credit: @ChrisPrior123

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Reports of 'wrong way' driver in fatal M1 crash

Police are investigating reports a car was travelling the wrong way along the M1 before a crash in the early hours which left two men dead.

The accident, involving a Mazda Premacy and Ford transit van, happened at about 2am on the southbound carriageway near to junction 24.

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

The southbound carriageway and one lane of the northbound carriageway are currently closed between junction 25 and 24 and are expected to remain shut for most of the morning.

M1 closed after 'serious accident'

A "major accident" closed both carriageways of the M1 in Leicestershire this morning.

The accident, involving two vehicles, occurred between J25 A52 (Nottingham / Derby) and J24 A6 / A50 / A453 (Kegworth / East Midlands Airport).

Two lanes on the northbound carriageway have since reopened but the southbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for much of the morning.

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TRAVEL: M1 CONGESTION EASING - 60 Min Delay

Delays, one lane closed and queueing traffic due to emergency repairs and earlier lorry fire on M1 Northbound between J23 A512 (Loughborough) and J23A A42. Travel time is 60 minutes.

The road was closed at 09:15 until 18:00 when traffic was released from J22. Lane one (of three) closed. The lane closures remain in place whilst the clean up operation

M1 closed for the next 'two to three hours', police say

Police say the M1 Northbound between Junction 22A and 23 will remain closed for the next two to three hours.

The motorway was closed earlier this morning because of a lorry fire.

M1 Northbound expected to reopen 'this evening'

Tailbacks are now as far back as J21a for Leicester Credit: motorwaycameras.co.uk

Travel misery is continuing for motorists using the M1 through Leicestershire after a lorry fire closed the entire northbound carriageway at Junction 22 this morning.

Queues are now stretching as far back as J20, and long distance traffic is being advised to leave the M1 onto the M6 and use the M42.

The Southbound view of J23 showing Northbound completely deserted Credit: motorwaycameras.co.uk

There are now delays of more than three hours. The remains of the lorry have been moved but the clean up operation continues. The motorway is expected to stay closed until at least the evening.

The lorry of fire this morning Credit: Ben Frigger

Diversion - Traffic can exit at J22 and take the A511 through Coalville to A42 J13, from where traffic can rejoin the M1 at J23a. Long distance traffic can leaving the M1 at J19 and take the M6 north to J3a, before taking the M42 and A42 north to rejoin M1 at J23a.

TRAVEL: M1 UPDATE - Delays now over 3 hours

Motorists on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire are now facing delays of more than three hours after a lorry fire this morning between J22 and J23.

The fire was first reported at 08:40 and road was closed at 09:15. Trapped traffic has been released but the clean up and recovery operation continues. Motorway is expected to stay closed until at least mid-afternoon.

Diversion - Traffic can exit at J22 and take the A511 through Coalville to A42 J13, from where traffic can rejoin the M1 at J23a. Long distance traffic can leaving the M1 at J19 and take the M6 north to J3a, before taking the M42 and A42 north to rejoin M1 at J23a.

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