Eight dead in M1 minibus and lorry crash

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Eight people have died in a crash involving a minibus and two lorries on the M1 near Milton Keynes.

All of those who died are believed to have been travelling in the minibus, which was from the Nottingham area.

The two lorry drivers have been arrested, one of them on suspicion of driving while over the alcohol limit.

Four people have been taken to hospital, including a child, Thames Valley Police said.

The crash happened on the southbound M1 at Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire just before 03:15 BST.

Both men are being questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are in police custody.

The southbound carriageway is due to remain closed “for a significant amount of time” while emergency services work at the scene.

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The crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the M1 at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes

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A minibus was involved in the crash with two lorries on the M1 near Newport Pagnell in which eight people died

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Pictures from the opposite carriageway show extensive damage to two lorries

The vehicles were all travelling in the same direction between junctions 15 and 14, police said.

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent six crews as well as three search and rescue vehicles to the scene.

Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to release three people from a vehicle, who were taken to hospital with a fourth person.

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The road has been closed southbound between junctions 15 and 14

Highways England said traffic trapped between junctions 15 and 14 was being released past the scene, and diversion routes were in place from junction 15, with traffic following the A508, A5 and A509 to rejoin the M1 at junction 14.

Northamptonshire Police have asked people travelling to the British Moto GP at Silverstone to allow more time for their journey.

Ch Insp Henry Parsons, of Thames Valley Police, said: “Emergency services are continuing to work at the scene and road closures remain in place.

“We are aware there are a number of large scale events taking place this weekend and this closure is likely to have a significant impact on traffic disruption, so please allow extra time for your journeys.”

The M1 is expected to be one of the country’s busiest roads over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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