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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:

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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

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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