A SERIOUS crash on the M1 yesterday (Thursday, June 14) closed the southbound carriageway for most of the day.
The Highways Agency closed the southbound carriageway between junctions J16 (Flore) and J15A (for the A43), after the accident happened at approximately 6.35am.
The motorway eventually reopened at 5.20pm.
Queues on the motorway backed up to Watford Gap, and on the A5 southbound traffic near Crick was running at just 8mph according to the Highways Agency.
The collision took place at 6.20am, when a blue Suzuki Ingnis was stationary on the hard shoulder.
The 63-year-old woman driver of the car was stood at the top of an embankment, when a white large goods vehicle was in collided with the car.
The LGV ended up driving along the embankment before turning over onto its side and colliding with a bridge support.
The 21-year-old woman driving the lorry sustained serious injuries. She was trapped in her lorry for four and half hours
The fire and rescue service worked to free the woman while paramedics from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) tended to her alongside a BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care) doctor.
WNAA paramedics remained on the scene while the Air Ambulance pilot flew to pick up a WNAA doctor plus a doctor and a consultant surgeon from University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire.
A blood transfusion was also carried out on the scene.
Upon being freed from the lorry, the driver was flown by WNAA to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire where she remains in a critical condition.
The driver of the car who was stood on the embankment was not injured in the incident.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or who has information regarding it is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.