Second death in two days: Woman killed in M1 crash involving van and lorry

Traffic at a standstill on M1
Traffic at a standstill on M1

A woman has died following a crash on the M1 in Northampton this morning.

The fatal crash happened near junction 15 for Northampton in the early hours of today (Friday).

It is the second death on the M1 in two days after a 35-year-old woman from Bedford, who has not yet been named, died on Wednesday.

At about 12.50am, a blue Ford Transit Connect van was in collision with the back of a white MAN lorry on the northbound carriageway, approximately one and a quarter miles south of junction 15, near to where a lane was closed for roadworks.

The driver of the Ford Transit, a woman from the Rugby area, died at the scene.

The lorry driver, who was from Manchester, was unhurt.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the Northamptonshire Police Drivewatch hotline on 0800 174615.

The M1 northbound was closed for several hours while emergency services dealt with the collision and re-opened shortly before 8am.