As 14-mile lines form on the M1, a serious crash closes the route and an air ambulance lands.
Due to a catastrophic incident involving many vehicles, a large section of the M1 has been closed.
After a pile-up on the southbound carriageway near junction 12 for Toddington and Harlington, Bedfordshire, an air ambulance was dispatched. The road is closed in both directions between junctions 13 and 12 for Woburn and Brogborough, and traffic is heavy in both directions reaching junction 12.
According to Buckinghamshire Live, the incident occurred around 8.20 a.m. and is causing 90-minute delays southbound.
A separate incident involving an overturned lorry near Junction 14 has exacerbated the gridlock.
“The M1 southbound is currently closed between J13 Brogborough and J12 Toddington,” a National England spokesman stated. This is the result of a major collision involving several vehicles.
“The northbound carriageway has been temporarily closed to allow for the arrival of an air ambulance.
“All emergency services are present, and National Highway Traffic Officers have been dispatched to assist.
“Please be advised that substantial delays of up to 90 minutes are expected as you reach J13. On the southbound lane approaching J13, there is approximately 14 miles of traffic congestion. This includes traffic caused by an earlier collision between J15 and J14.
“There is a 2-mile traffic jam approaching J12 northbound, with delays reaching 90 minutes.
“Road users should anticipate delays and provide extra time for their journey.”
“Long delays and queueing traffic for eight miles owing to earlier overturned lorry on M1 Southbound between Newport Pagnell Services and J14 A509,” claimed Inrix, a traffic analytics provider (Milton Keynes). J15 (Northampton) is congested.”
As traffic exits the M1 at junction 13, local roads in Woburn and Milton Bryan are congested.
Some northbound cars are exiting at junction 11a to take the A5 through Bedfordshire’s Houghton Regis and Hockliffe.