Hertfordshire Police have confirmed that two cars caught fire in a crash this morning (December 2), which caused both carriageways to close to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.
Motorists were being urged to avoid the area after Highways England warned that there was around three miles of congestion as a result of the incident.
Watford Police tweeted: “We are currently at the scene of a road traffic collision on the M1 at Junction 5, near Watford. Both carriageways have been closed to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.”
Hertfordshire Constabulary released the following statement: “Police were called at 8.07am to report a multi-vehicle road traffic collision. Seven vehicles were reported to be involved.
“Officers, the fire service, and East of England Ambulance Service. The fire service put out two fires, with minor injuries reported.
“The northbound carriageway was reopened around 8.40am. The southbound carriageway remained closed to allow the vehicles to be recovered.”
3 CARS ON FIRE (M1 J5 "Berrygrove")
At least 2 fire engines and paramedics on the scene. Traffic blocked both ways@LBC @LBCNews @NickFerrariLBC @JobenWebb #M1_accident #caraccident #roadaccident #caronfire #roadaccident pic.twitter.com/6fQyB9S1jc
— The Black & White Box Show (@BWBoxShow) December 2, 2020