A woman in her 30s has died after the car she was travelling in, left the M1 and collided with a tree near Leicester.
The fatal incident happened yesterday (Sunday, May 8), shortly before 10.45am, on the northbound carriageway between junctions 21a and 22.
Emergency services were called to the scene following a report that a black Ford Mondeo had left the motorway and collided with a tree.
The occupants – a male driver and a female passenger – were taken to hospital, and the road was closed for several hours while crash investigators carried out a full examination at the scene.
The passenger, who was in her 30s, died as a result of her injuries yesterday evening.
The driver remains in a stable condition.
An investigation into the circumstances of the incident is continuing and detectives from Leicestershire Police are looking to speak to any witnesses who have not yet come forward.
“Sadly our enquiries are now centred around a fatal collision”, confirmed Detective Constable Charlotte Wright, from the Force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU).
“While we have spoken top a number of people, I would still ask that anyone who was travelling on the motorway yesterday morning and saw what happened or who has dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.
“I would also like to speak to anyone who saw the black Ford Mondeo prior to the collision occuring.”
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 213 of May 8.