Drivers advised to avoid M1 in Bedfordshire after bridge damaged in collision

Drivers are being advised to avoid a section of the M1 in Bedfordshire after an HGV collided into a bridge.

Three lanes of the southbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 13 (Brogborough) and 12 (Toddington) are closed and are not expected to open for some time.

It follows a collision shortly after 3am today in which a large amount of diesel was also spilled. Around 200m of safety barrier was also damaged.

One lane is currently open but traffic queues are already building and motorists are urged to find alternative routes where possible.

The damaged parapet of the bridge on the M1 today