An eight-vehicle motorway pile-up has left one man dead and a woman seriously injured.
The road traffic accident happened on the M1 in Leicestershire at about 6.40pm on Tuesday November 25.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident, which involved seven cars and a heavy goods vehicle.
The man who has tragically passed away is said to be a 48-year-old from London. The injured woman is still in a serious but stable condition in hospital and two other people hurt in the accident have been discharged after treatment.
Leicestershire Police say a 36-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident, after which the motorway was closed between junctions 22 and 21A, causing lengthy tailbacks on roads in the surrounding area.
Part of the southbound carriageway was reopened just under 10 hours later with the northbound section closed until just before 1pm on November 26.
The lengthy closure was due to a diesel spillage and the seriousness of the crash which made it necessary to resurface parts of the road.
Motorist Bill Livingstone, who drove past the scene of the crash, described it as one of the worst he had seen for a long time.
Witnesses being sought
He said a lorry had jack-knifed and collided with the motorway’s central reservation, adding that there were cars lodged under it and others overturned.
Inspector Jason Ross, the head of roads policing at Leicestershire Police, said teams had worked throughout the night following the eight-vehicle collision.
He is calling for any witnesses to contact police by calling 101.
Source: Leicester Mercury
Date Published: November 27, 2014
Author: David Brown