One person dead and second critically injured after found lying on M1 motorway

A person has died and a second is critically injured following an incident on the M1 in Leicestershire this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 2.10pm following reports that two people had been found injured on the carriageway.

The M1 was closed in both directions between Junction 21 and 21A to allow an air ambulance to land.

Three lanes on the southbound carriageway and two lanes on the northbound have since re-opened.

A Police spokesman said: “Two people were found injured on the carriageway. One person has since been pronounced deceased and the second is in a critical condition.”

“The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident are in the very early stages but at this stage it’s not believed that any vehicles were involved.”

Anyone travelling towards the area is being advised to seek an alternative route while emergency services deal with the incident.

If you witnessed the incident or the circumstances leading up to it, please contact Leicestershire Police on 101 quoting incident 308 of 6 October.