Three killed in M1 coach crash

Coach collided with stationary car on hard shoulder near Flitwick


Three people have died in a motorway crash after a coach collided with a stationary car on the M1 in Bedfordshire.

Police said the coach was heading north from Kent when it hit the car on the hard shoulder.

The crash happened near Flitwick between junctions 12 and 13 at 6.45am, the BBC reports.

Three men who were in the car were pronounced dead and a fourth was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A spokesman said: "Police are locating and liaising with next of kin, a full collision investigation continues and diversions are expected to remain in place for the next few hours."

Police said that no-one in the coach was injured.

ITV News reports that the M1 in Bedfordshire has been shut and drivers are being directed off the motorway at junction 12.

The northbound carriageway has been closed for a full investigation and motorists have been advised that diversions are likely to be in place for most of Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sky News reports that one person has died in a pile-up on the M40. Around 30 people are being treated at the scene after the crash at 7.50am between junctions 9 and 10 in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "It is quite a major collision. We have a lot of resources on the scene - ambulances, our helicopter ambulance, rapid response vehicles, our doctor and our hazardous area response team."

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