Pensioner (87) was driving wrong way up motorway before crash that killed him and van passenger
An 87-year-old motorist who was killed in a crash on the M1 was travelling the wrong way up the motorway, Highways England has said.
He was at the wheel of a blue Mazda Premacy when it struck a white Ford Transit van near to junction 24 in Leicestershire at around 2am on Monday.
A 27-year-old passenger in the van, named by police as Michael Joseph Luciw, 27, of Nottingham, also died at the scene.
A report from Highways England said the road remained closed until around 9.25pm on Monday following "extensive damage" to the road surface.
It added: "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 about the incident or saw either vehicle prior to the collision is asked to call DC 1761 Pete Davies at Leicestershire Police on 101.