Further details of a crash which closed four junctions of the A14, near Kettering, for several hours this morning (Tuesday, August 13) have been revealed.
The crash involved three lorries and a tractor.
The A14 Westbound was closed between junction 7 and 3 for around seven hours following the crash.
Police say the tractor driver, a 19-year-old man from Market Drayton, Shropshire, was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry with serious injuries after being freed from his vehicle by firefighters.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “At 6.40am this morning, a white articulated HGV lorry, travelling eastbound, collided with the back of a tractor and trailer travelling in the same direction.
“The tractor crossed over to the westbound carriageway, where it collided with a refuse lorry, which overturned. The tractor then collided with another HGV lorry and the lorry jack-knifed.
The drivers of the other vehicles – a 43-year-old man from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, a 55-year old man from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and a 40-year-old man from Towcester, Northamptonshire – sustained minor injuries and were taken to Kettering General Hospital.
The westbound carriageway was blocked and completely closed while police investigated the incident. It happened at 6.40am near junction 4 at Rothwell, where the B576 Kettering Road crosses the A14.
A spokesman for the fire service said crews were called out to the accident at 6.44am.
The other three people have been taken to Kettering General Hospital by land ambulance. Their injuries are believed to be minor.
The crash resulted in congestion backing on to the A43 and the A6.
Witnesses to this collision, or anyone with information, should contact the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.