Four-vehicle pile-up blocking two lanes of M1 with five-mile queues heading towards Northampton

No serious injuries, but drivers warned to expect 40-minute delays past scene near junction 16

Friday, 22nd April 2022, 2:25 pm

A four-vehicle pile-up crash has closed two lanes on the M1 southbound heading towards Northampton on Friday afternoon (April 22).

A Northamptonshire Police spokesperson said the crash happened at 12.15pm but all those involved suffered only minor injuries.

National Highways is warning of 40-minute delays for drivers at junction 16 with tailbacks of up five miles.

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Traffic cameras showed the M1 gridlocked heading south towards junction 16 on Friday afternoon

Reports say traffic was held briefly but one lane is now open past the scene.

Traffic is also slow on the northbound side and sensors also show congestion on the A5 through Towcester as drivers attempt to avoid the motorway queues.