M1 closed overnight after 52-year-old driver dies in crash involving two lorries
A man has died and a major motorway has been closed overnight following a crash between two lorries.
The crash happened around 7pm on the southbound carriageway of the motorway, close to junction 21a at Leicester Forest East, Leicestershire Police said in a statement.
A 52-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, with no-one else injured in the collision.
The M1 remains closed southbound at junction 22 to allow for an investigation of the incident.
Police, who are appealing for witnesses, said the man was a driver in a statement.
Traffic came to a standstill with motorists queuing for miles as emergency services responded.
Detective Constable John Borlase, from Leicestershire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who has any information about what happened.
“If you were in the area and saw either of the vehicles beforehand or witnessed the collision please get in touch.
“If you have a dashcam installed in your vehicle and captured what happened we’d like to hear from you.
“We would like to thank the public caught up in the closure of the M1 for their patience and understanding as we carry out our investigation and look to reopen the road.
“In incidents such as this we do our utmost to keep disruption to a minimal but due to the severity of this incident the road remains closed at this time with some people still caught up in a tailback.”
Anyone with any information who has not yet spoken to officers is asked to call 101 quoting incident 534 of 11 December.