Second woman dies after M1 pile-up as police search for driver who may be from Herts


A second woman has died after a major M1 pile-up on Monday – and police are trying to trace a driver who may have come from Herts.

Six seriously injured people were rushed to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital after the collision at about 5.40am, between Junctions 11 and 12 of the northbound motorway.

Police today said that one of them – a 90-year-old woman – died from her injuries yesterday. A 36-year-old woman had previously been pronounced dead at the scene of the pile-up.

Officers want to trace two vehicles – including the driver of a red car that was involved in what happened, who may have been travelling from Herts to Northamptonshire.

PC Andy Ralph, of the Beds, Cambs and Herts Roads Policing Unit, said: “It was still dark when the incident occurred.

“Conditions on the motorway were slightly misty and foggy and the road was damp.

“Six cars and a motorcycle were involved in the incident which caused fatal injuries to the 36-year-old woman passenger travelling in a grey Ford Focus who died at the scene.

“The driver and passengers of an grey Audi Q5 also sustained serious injuries and one woman, aged 90, has subsequently died in hospital from her injuries.

“The 53-year-old driver of the Audi and two other women passengers, aged between 89 and 90 years old, suffered a variety of serious injuries to their ribs, abdomen and spines.

“It appears that one vehicle moved suddenly in front of the motorcycle which caused the rider to lose control and fall from her machine.

“Other vehicles following behind attempted to avoid the rider and her motorbike, causing several collisions between themselves.”

Bedfordshire Police are seeking the drivers of a red car and white van involved in the pile-up for further information that may help piece together exactly what happened.

Anyone with information relating to this collision can contact PC Andy Ralph, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The tragedy – which occurred between Junction 11 for Luton and Dunstable and Junction 12 for Toddington – caused tailbacks all the way to the Junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead.

Police closed the northbound motorway for more than nine hours on Monday so that they could investigate what happened, though the southbound carriageway was open as usual.