M1 southbound closed at Leicester following crash

M1 lane closures
Image caption The southbound carriageway of the M1 was closed for several hours

A serious crash involving a lorry and a car closed the M1 motorway southbound at the junction with the M69.

The carriageway between junction 21 at Leicester and 20 to Lutterworth was closed at about 14:00 BST and did not reopen until 19.00 BST.

Police said the driver of the car suffered serious injuries but no-one else was hurt.

It caused severe delays in Leicester and motorists were advised to avoid the Everard's roundabout on the A563.

Det Sgt Mark Watling, from Leicestershire Police, said: "The emergency services are still at the scene dealing with the incident and there are still delays on roads in the area.

"Diversions were put in place and we apologise to anyone who may have been caught up in the tailbacks but the closure was necessary to allow officers to carry out a full investigation at the scene."

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