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A 25-year-old, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash on the M1 yesterday, has been released on police bail.
Two people died and six people were injured in the accident, near Watford, yesterday.
Hertfordshire Police say the man, from east London, has been bailed pending further enquiries.
The two men who died have not been named by police but were aged 22 and 24 and both were from east London.
Two other passengers in the same car were also hurt and taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, with "serious injuries", Hertfordshire Police said.
Four men travelling in the other BMW also needed hospital treatment for their injuries.
The accident, which happened between junctions five and four, resulted in the closure of five junctions of the motorway in both directions, and the southbound stretch was shut for several hours.
Hertfordshire Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash or the events that led up to it to contact them.
A 25-year-old has been arrested over a high-speed motorway crash in which two people were killed and another six injured.
The man, from east London, was held by Hertfordshire Police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the smash, which happened in the early hours of this morning.
Two BMWs collided on the M1 near Watford in Hertfordshire shortly before 2.40am, killing the driver and rear seat passenger of one of the cars.
Witness Basit Nasir told the Evening Standard that the BMWs "appeared to be having a high-speed race" and had sped past him at around 140mph.
He said: "It was total mayhem. There was mangled metal everywhere. It was foolish of them to drive at this sort of speed. It was raining as well."
Mr Nasir said that four men in a Mercedes arrived at the crash scene and scuffled with survivors.