Three people injured in motorway car crash

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Three people were taken to hospital after a car being followed by police overturned on the M1 as it travelled through the county earlier this morning.

The accident happened just after 9am on Saturday, junction 15 of the M1 near Northampton. Police had been following the vehicle from the Watford Gap Service Station after the driver was seen getting in the car and, according to PC Dave Lee, of Northants Police, was described by members of the public as ‘covered in blood.’

Two vehicles were involved in the crash and three people were taken to hospital, one by air ambulance and two by land ambulance. Their injuries are described as serious but not life threatening.

All roads around the junction were closed as medics arrived at the scene, as well as two air ambulances, causing long traffic delays in the area and the rest of the county. Recovery vehicles arrived later on, at around noon.

PC Dave Lee, reporting via his Twitter feed @Northants_RPU, said a man was seen reportedly ‘covered in blood’ at the service station.

Earlier this morning he tweeted: “Colleagues dealing with incident at Watford Gap services & a member of the public has just seen a male getting into a car covered in blood.”

PC Lee then reported that he had sent a traffic car to catch up with the vehicle and perform a ‘welfare check.’ However, at one point the police lost sight of the vehicle and PC Lee then later tweeted: “Vehicle with male covered in blood has just failed to stop for officers on the M1 South.”

He then followed this by: “Officers making the fail to stop have come across this vehicle on its roof ontop of junction 15 of the M1.”

Northants Police have since said that the M1 and the surrounding areas are now clear.