Eight dead after M1 crash involving two lorries and a minibus

Eight people have died after a motorway crash involving two lorries and a minibus.

An investigation is underway after the crash, which happened in the early hours of Saturday morning (August 26) on the southbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 15 and 14, near Newport Pagnell.

Thames Valley Police said eight people were killed and four people were taken to hospital after the incident, which involved two lorries and a minibus which were travelling in the same direction.

<em>Investigation – Thames Valley Police is urging witnesses to get in touch (Pictures: Getty)</em>
Investigation – Thames Valley Police is urging witnesses to get in touch (Pictures: Getty)

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are in custody.

The crash left the motorway closed southbound between junctions 14 and 15 well into Saturday, with motorists advised to avoid the area.

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Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, from the joint operations unit for roads policing, said: “Emergency services are continuing to work at the scene and road closures remain in place.

“We are aware there are a number of large-scale events taking place this weekend and this closure is likely to have a significant impact on traffic disruption, so please allow extra time for your journeys.

“Our thoughts are very much with the families of those involved in this morning’s collision and we are currently working to locate and inform their next of kins.”