Woman dies in “serious collision” on M1

POLICE are investigating two serious collisions on the M1 southbound.

At around 6.50pm last night (Wednesday, March 9), a Ford people carrier collided with the central reservation on the southbound carriageway, just south of junction 29.

The 46-year-old female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. She was alone in the car. Both north and southbound carriageways were closed until around 1.15am today (Thursday, March 10), while police carried out investigations at the scene.

A second collision happened at around 1.30am today (Thursday, March 10) between junctions 29a and 29. A lorry collided with four other vehicles and then the central reservation before crossing over onto the northbound carriageway.

Two men, each driving a Ford Transit van, were taken to Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital. One had an arm injury while the other suffered a head injury. Neither are thought to be life-threatening.

Two other men and one woman suffered minor injuries.

Police left the scene at 6.30am but the M1 at this point remains closed in both directions while the vehicles are recovered.

Anyone who witnessed either incident, or the vehicles prior to the collisions, should call 01773 572929.