Appeal for witnesses after fatal collision on M1

Wed 15 Apr, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic collision on the M1. It happened between junction 15 and 14 on the southbound carriageway at about 7.40am yesterday (Tuesday 14 April).

One vehicle, a DAF lorry, was involved in the collision. The vehicle left the road and collided with a number of trees. The driver of the lorry, a 46-year-old man from Leicester, was declared dead at the scene.

The passenger, a 51-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to the Coventry Wargrave Hospital where he remains.

Firefighters from Newport Pagnell, Broughton and Mereway were among the emergency services at the scene.

The motorway remained open throughout the incident with lanes one and two shut for a short period while the lorry was recovered.

Investigating officer Sergeant Tony Griffiths, of Thames Valley Police's Roads Policing Unit based at Amersham, said: “I would appeal to anyone who saw the collision itself, or saw the vehicle prior to the collision, to contact police via 101.

“It is vital that members of the public come forward so we can piece together what happened on this stretch of the M1 yesterday morning."

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at