Dacia driver dies in lorry crash which closed A1 by Colsterworth for around 12 hours

The A1 was closed from the A607 at Grantham due to a 'serious' crash. Pictured is a file photo of the road.
The A1 was closed from the A607 at Grantham due to a 'serious' crash. Pictured is a file photo of the road. -Credit:Google Maps

A driver has died in a 'serious' crash which closed the A1 by Colsterworth for around 12 hours. Lincolnshire Police confirmed the road had reopened at around 6.40am this morning (Saturday, May 4) following the crash which was first reported at around 6pm on Friday evening (May 3).

Both carriageways were closed from the A607 at Grantham, with diversions put in place by National Highways. Officers were called to reports that a grey Dacia Sandero Expression had been travelling south on the A1 by Colsterworth when the vehicle crossed the central reservation and collided with a white HGV travelling in the northbound lane.

The collision caused significant damage to both the car and the HGV, as well as debris on the road. As result, the road was closed in both directions just before 6pm. This was to allow for clean-up, and for investigative work to take place. The southbound carriageway was reopened at around 2.20am this morning, and the northbound carriageway reopened at around 6am.

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In a statement released this morning (Saturday, May 4), a spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: "We are saddened to report that the driver of a car involved in a collision on the A1 last night has died. We are working to confirm the identity of the driver of the vehicle and trace next of kin.

"We appreciate that these closures caused a significant delay for motorists and we’d like to thank them for their patience. The circumstances of the collision will form part of our investigation, which we now turn to the public for help with.

"We are appealing for anyone who has not yet made contact with police and who witnessed the incident, or saw the 23-plate Dacia prior to the incident, to get in touch. It is believed that the vehicle had been travelling southbound along the A1 from the South Yorks area.

"We are particularly keen to see any dashcam of the incident, or the vehicle before it happened. If you can help, please contact SCIUinvestigators@lincs.police.uk or call 01522 212316. Please quote incident 370 of 3 May."