Car hits tree shutting M1 in both directions – recap

The M1 in Leicestershire was closed in both directions after a car swerved off the motorway and hit a tree, leaving a woman with life-threatening injuries. The southbound side re-opened not long after the collision, which involved a black Ford Mondeo and no other vehicles, but the northbound side remained shut until 5.30pm today (Sunday, May 8).

Leicestershire Police said in a tweet at 11am: “Please be advised that the road is closed due to a police incident. Please find an alternative routes – updates will follow. Thank you for your patience.”

Google Maps showed that by 11.10am there was a three-mile queue on the northbound carriageway. There were further long queues on roads around the Leicester area because of the closure, including the M69, the A50 and the A46.

Catch up on the live updates we provided on this incident below.

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