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14 February 2015, 08:35 | Updated: 14 February 2015, 13:17
Bedfordshire Police investigating a road traffic collision on the M1 through the county this morning can confirm that three people died.
It happened at 6.46am between junction 12 and 13 when a double decker coach which was travelling northbound and a hatchback car, which was stationary on the hard shoulder, were in collision.
Three men in the car were pronounced dead at the scene and a fourth man, also in the car was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, with serious injuries. No one in the coach, which was travelling from Kent, was hurt.
Police are locating and liaising with next of kin, a full collision investigation continues and diversions are expected to remain in place for the next few hours.
Drivers are being taken off the motorway at Junction 12 and will find diversion signs that direct them through Westoning, Flitwick, Steppingley and on to the A507. They are then signposted to Ridgmont and back to Junction 13.
Anyone who witnessed the collision can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.