BREAKING: M1 crash victim is named

Accident on the M1 closed the Southbound carriageway between Junctions 24 and 25

Accident on the M1 closed the Southbound carriageway between Junctions 24 and 25

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A Nottinghamshire man has been named as the van passenger who died in a crash on the M1 yesterday (October 12).

Michael Joseph Luciw, 27, from Nottingham, died when the Ford Transit van he was travelling in was in a collision with a Mazda Premacy car near Junction 24 of the southbound carriageway.

The accident took place when the Mazda was driving the wrong way up the carriageway at about 2am on Monday, October 12.

The 87-year-old driver of the car also died at the scene.

The van driver was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre where he remains in a stable condition.

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A spokesman for Leicestershire Police, who have been dealing with the incident, said: “Michael’s family have requested they are not approached by the media and are left to grieve in private.”

The southbound carriageway of the M1 was closed between J24, for Kegworth, and at J25, for Derby, after the incident and it did not re-open until more than 17 hours later at 9.25pm last night, as the crash caused “extensive damage” to the road.

A report from Highways England said: “It became apparent to the attending emergency services that this was a serious incident, with extensive clean-up, repair and recovery operations required.

“After liaison with Nottinghamshire Police, it was confirmed that the car involved in this incident was heading northbound on the southbound carriageway of the M1, prior to the collision.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

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