Two lorry drivers have died after a serious crash that closed part of the M1 for several hours, Bedfordshire Police said.
Officers were called just before 6.45am to reports of a collision between two HGVs on the M1 southbound between Junction 13 and Junction 12.
Emergency services attended but unfortunately both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their next of kin have been informed.
The motorway was closed in both directions, although the northbound carriageway was reopened at around 2pm.
Bedfordshire Police said the southbound carriageway will remain closed until further notice while investigations are underway.
They are appealing for witnesses.
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Sergeant Aaron Murphy from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a serious collision which has taken the lives of two people so we are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has dashcam footage from around that time, so we can piece together the circumstances which led to this tragic incident.”
The police statement added: “I’d also like to thank the public for their co-operation and patience during the recovery operation.”
The road closure affected traffic heading to the FA Cup matches between Watford and Tranmere and Fulham and Aston Villa, and fans returning home have been advised to use alternative routes.
The East of England Ambulance Service said three of its Hazardous Area Response Teams were at the scene, along with an ambulance and air ambulance .