Questions over M1 safety following serious crashes

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Traffic experts have revealed they will ‘monitor’ the M1 between junction 13 and 16 following a spate of serious crashes along the motorway.

Last week, firefighters from Northamptonshire battled for four-and-a-half hours to free a female lorry driver after a collision on the southbound carriageway of the M1, between junctions 16 and 15a.

The crash comes after another lorry driver died following a crash on the northbound carriageway last week, this time between junctions 14 and 15.

The lorry driver, from Birmingham, was the fifth death between junctions 15 and 13 of the M1 since the end of March.

A Highways Agency spokesperson yesterday confirmed traffic experts would continue to examine the safety of the road.

He said: “Safety is a top priority and we work with road safety organisations and the police to ensure that our road network is among the safest in the world.

“We will continue to monitor the M1 between junction 13 and 16 to ensure that our road network is safe and free flowing,” the spokesman explained.