Two men killed in horrific head-on collision after pensioner drove wrong way down the M1

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The M1 in Nottinghamshire remains closed this afternoon following a fatal crash in which a vehicle went the wrong way up the carriageway.

Two men aged 87 and 27 were killed in a horrific head-on collision after the pensioner drove the wrong way down the M1 motorway in the early hours of today (Monday).

Two men have died in a head-on crash after a driver went the wrong way along a motorway. Pictures by SWNS.

Two men have died in a head-on crash after a driver went the wrong way along a motorway. Pictures by SWNS.

The elderly driver of the blue Mazda Premacy is believed to have been driving the wrong way along the carriageway before he smashed into a white Ford Transit van at 2.20am.

He died at the scene of the crash along with a 27-year-old man who was a passenger in the van.

The M1 southbound remains closed between junction 25 (Nottingham/Derby) and 24 (East Midlands Airport/Loughborough) this afternoon.

A spokesman for Highways England said: “Police investigation work and recovery is now complete and our contractors are on scene to carry out any necessary emergency repairs to the damaged road surface.

Picture by SWNS

Picture by SWNS

“The carriageway is not expected to open until later today.”

This incident has involved Nottinghamshire Police, Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue.

Diversions are in place.