M1 Closure J12 - J13 Both Directions, Bedfordshire. Tuesday 03 February 2015

The M1 in Bed­ford­shire was closed in both direc­tions on Tues­day 03 Feb­ru­ary 2015 between junc­tions J12 (Flitwick) and J13 (Mil­ton Keynes) due to an inci­dent involv­ing a heavy goods vehi­cle (HGV) and a car. The HGV crossed through the cen­tral bar­rier from the south­bound to the north­bound car­riage­way. The vehi­cle then col­lided with the car which was trav­el­ling north­bound before strik­ing the sup­port of an over­head gantry.

At around 12:35 Bed­ford­shire Police noti­fied our East Regional Con­trol Cen­tre that they were get­ting reports of a seri­ous inci­dent on the M1 J12-J13. Our Traf­fic Offi­cers were dis­patched and began to search the area.  Our East Regional Con­trol Cen­tre found the inci­dent on CCTV and relayed this infor­ma­tion to them. They also updated Bed­ford­shire police with the loca­tion and set signs and sig­nals to warn you of the inci­dent. Bed­ford­shire Police and Fire Ser­vice were first on scene fol­lowed soon after by an ambu­lance from East of Eng­land Ambu­lance Ser­vice. The north­bound car­riage­way was blocked and The East Anglian Air Ambu­lance was requested. Our National teams briefed the media and set warn­ing signs advis­ing of strate­gic diver­sions to avoid the delays.

M1 J12-J13 cross over air ambo 1M1 J12-J13 cross over Fire Service HGV 1

At around 13:13 our Traf­fic Offi­cers blocked the south­bound car­riage­way to allow the air ambu­lance to land. By 13:30 the air ambu­lance had landed and its rotors had stopped. This was the point we could allow south­bound traf­fic to be released past the scene again. Due to the seri­ous nature of the inci­dent Bed­ford­shire police instructed us to fully close the south­bound car­riage­way to aid their inves­ti­ga­tion. Once again our Traf­fic Offi­cers were deployed and by 14:18 they had the south­bound car­riage­way closed.

Diver­sion routes were put into place for traf­fic in both direc­tions between junc­tions J12 and J13 and at about 14:00 we began to assist the Police with turn­ing the traf­fic stuck in the closed sec­tion of the north­bound car­riage­way around to safely return and exit at J12 (there was no traf­fic stuck on the south­bound car­riage­way as it was released past the inci­dent scene before the clo­sure was put into place). To assist with doing this more quickly our con­trac­tors attended to open a sec­tion of the cen­tral bar­rier to enable traf­fic stuck in the closed sec­tion to turn onto the south­bound car­riage­way and travel back to J12 to exit onto the diversion.

M1 J12-J13 cross over air ambo 2 M1 J12-J13 cross over Fire Service 2

The emer­gency ser­vices fin­ished their oper­a­tions at the scene and recov­ery oper­a­tions began at about 16:00.  The HGV’s cab was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged and rest­ing against the gantry com­pli­cat­ing the oper­a­tion by requir­ing the trailer to be seper­ated from the cab. A struc­tural engi­neer was also required to attend to ensure that the gantry which the HGV col­lided with was safe to allow the road to re-open. At 16:45 the car involved in the acci­dent had been recov­ered and police allowed the remain­ing traf­fic stuck in the closed sec­tion to travel past the scene to resume their journey.

M1 J12-J13 cross over trapped traffic   M1 J12-J13 cross over recovery

Recov­ery of the HGV cab and trailer was com­pleted and repairs to the cen­tral bar­rier were then com­pleted under a sin­gle lane clo­sure. This enabled the south­bound car­riage­way to reopen with only lane 3 closed at approx­i­mately 19:20. The north­bound car­riage­way was fully open at about 19:30.  The lane 3 clo­sure on the south­bound car­riage­way was removed at 20:10.

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