Eight people have died and four people including a child have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on the M1 near to Newport Pagnell in Milton Keynes.
Officers were called to reports of a three-vehicle collision on the southbound carriageway between junctions 15 and 14, shortly before 3.15am this morning (26 August).
The collision involved two lorries and a minibus which were travelling in the same direction.
It’s believed the minibus had travelled from the Nottingham area.
The southbound carriageway between J15 and J14 has re-opened after it was closed for more than ten hours.
Emergency services are continuing to work at the scene and road closures remain in place. We are aware there are a number of large scale events taking place this weekend and this closure is likely to have a significant impact on traffic disruption, so please allow extra time for your journeys.
The two lorry drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are both currently in custody.
A 31-year-old man from Worcestershire has been arrested on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level above limit.
A 53-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent arrested on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving.
Anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 214 of 26/8