Motorway to be monitored after crashes

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TRAFFIC officers are to ‘monitor’ the M1 near Daventry following a spate of serious crashes.

Earlier this month, firefighters battled for four-and-a-half hours to free a female lorry driver after a collision on the southbound carriageway of the M1, between junctions 16 (Flore) and 15a (for the A43).

The crash saw the southbound carriageway closed for almost 12 hours, while the northbound carriageway was also closed to allow the air ambulance to land.

The crash comes after another lorry driver died following a crash on the northbound carriageway, this time between junctions 14 and 15.

The lorry driver, from Birmingham, was the fifth fatality between junctions 15 and 13 of the M1 since the end of March.

A Highways Agency spokesperson said: “Safety is a top priority and we work with road safety organisations and the police to ensure that our road network is among the safest in the world.

“We will continue to monitor the M1 between junction 13 and 16 to ensure that our road network is safe and free flowing.”