M1 Lorry Crash

26 September 2013, 11:59 | Updated: 26 September 2013, 12:40

Drivers have faced hours of delays after a John Lewis lorry overturned on the M1 in Hertfordshire.

The articulated lorry ended up on its side after a crash which damaged the carriageway and barrier central reservation, near Junction 8 of the northbound M1 near Hemel Hempstead.

The driver was uninjured in the crash, which happened at 5.53am on Thursday 26 September 2013 between Junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead and Junction 9 for Redbourn.

A road policing unit spokesman said: "Ambulance and the fire brigade attended as there was a report of a person trapped. Lanes three and four were reopened at 9.30am, but there are significant delays expected.''

No other vehicles are thought to be involved according to Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire road policing unit.

The crash led to long queues on the northbound M1, but fifteen miles of tailbacks also built up southbound, back to J12 for Flitwick, as drivers slowed to look at what was happening on the opposite carriageway.

Some drivers ended up trapped in their cars for more than two hours as a result of the crash.

Emergency repairs were due to be carried out on the evening of Thursday 26 September, following the crash and fuel spillage.