M1 chaos as THREE lanes closed after crash – drivers stuck in one hour queues

Three of four lanes have been closed on the M1 southbound between Junction 17 and Junction 16 near Daventry due to the accident. National Highways said at 6.30pm there were one-hour delays with almost six miles of tailbacks.

Emergency services are attending the incident.

National Highways said: “Three lanes (of four) are closed on M1 southbound J17-J16, near Daventry, Northamptonshire, due to a collision.

“As a result there are delays of over 60 minutes above normal – with almost 6 miles of congestion on the approach.

“Emergency services – including a paramedic team and Fire/Rescue are in attendance.

“We’re working hard to re-open further lanes as soon as it is safe to do so.”

In a tweet just after 5.30pm, National Highways said almost four miles of traffic had already stacked up.

It said: “#M1 southbound between J17 and J16 near #Daventry #Northampton. 3 lanes (of 4 lanes) are closed due to a collision.

“Delays building – almost 4 miles of congestion on the approach. Updates to follow soon.”

Long lines of traffic can be seen on the motorway in a picture taken on a traffic camera.

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