M1 Investigation Continues After Body Found

A man whose body was found on the M1 may have hidden himself in a lorry, Northants Police say.

Northants Police Collision Investigation

Northamptonshire Police named the victim as Ashley Hayes, of Shepherd's Bush, west London, and are continuing an investigation into his death.

The 46-year-old suffered "catastrophic" injuries after being run over by several vehicles on a 50mph stretch of the M1 near Daventry in Northamptonshire in the early hours of Tuesday.

Detective Sergeant Tony Hopkins said:

"This may have been an accident or something more serious. We need to determine the circumstances that led to his death."

The officer said inquiries have suggested Mr Hayes may have been in Toddington Services area in Bedfordshire at 1.30am.

He added:

"He may have been given a lift from there, or may have hidden himself in a lorry, to enable him to get to where we discovered him.

We need anyone who was there at the time and may have seen him or witnessed anything suspicious to contact us."

Witnesses, or anyone with information, can call police on 101 or 03000 111222 if outside Northamptonshire.

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EARLIER TODAY:

Motorists who struck a man's body on an unlit stretch of the M1 in Northants, may have thought they had hit an animal, traffic police have said.

The unidentified victim suffered "catastrophic" injuries after being run over by several vehicles on a 50mph stretch of the M1 near Daventry in Northantsin the early hours.

Speaking to the media after the northbound M1 was closed between junctions 16 and 17, Detective Sergeant Tony Hopkins said:

"Unfortunately at the moment we cannot confirm the identity of the male as we still try to establish next-of-kin. It may be a fail-to-stop collision, or it may be that a motorist believed they hit an animal.

There is no nearby bridge or obvious footpath that would indicate where he may have come from. It may be an innocent accident or something more serious."

Fingerprint records are being used in an attempt to identify the man and officers are said to be following several lines of inquiry as to how he came to be on the motorway before his body was found in the inside lane at 2.09am on Tuesday.

Mr Hopkins added:

"It's too early to say whether or not we can treat this as suspicious. We believe the body may have come into contact with several vehicles on the M1 at that time.

We are encouraging any driver that believes they saw a pedestrian on the carriageway at that time, anything suspicious involving vehicles, or believe that they may have inadvertently had contact with this male, to please contact us.

We are quite aware that this is a stretch of motorway that is unlit. No one would be expecting there to be any pedestrian on that section."

The scene of the accident, south of Watford Gap Services, is currently restricted to a 50mph speed limit due to roadworks and has no access to the hard shoulder.

Witnesses, or anyone with information, can police on 101 or 03000 111222 if outside Northants.

The M1 was re-opened at around 1pm.

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