The M1 motorway has been closed following a horrific collision involving two HGVs just north of Luton Airport.
The cab of one truck has been completely demolished while the send careered over an embankment with its trailer dangling precariously over the edge.
The incident happened around 6.40am.
Bedfordshire Police has closed the motorway in both directions causing traffic chaos for thousands of football fans travelling to this afternoon’s
The smash happened in an area which had been recently upgraded to a ‘smart motorway’ with the installation of a ‘dynamic hard shoulder’ which can be used as a fourth lane during times of heavy congestion.
This is the horrific scene after two HGVs were involved in a crash on the M1 Motorway just north of Luton Airport before 8am today. The carriageway is expected to be closed until tomorrow morning while the recovery operation continues
Highways England predict the M1 could be closed until the early hours of tomorrow morning
Football fans have been warned they face significant delays if planning on using the M1 to attend this afternoon’s FA Cup Third Round games
Motorists have been warned they face significant delays if they use the M1 motorway
According to Highways England’s website, normal traffic conditions in the area are not expected to resume until the early hours of tomorrow morning.
The incident happened before 8am on the M1 southbound between Junction 12 and 13.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue as well as Bedfordshire Police are at the scene. There has been no confirmation yet as to the condition of both drivers.
A major recovery operation is underway while traffic police are trying to determine how the crash happened.
Removing the trucks will also be a tricky operation as one of them smashed through the crash barrier and is balanced over the side of an embankment.
Once both trucks are removed, highway engineers will examine the carriageway to determine what work will need to be done to reopen the road.
If the trucks spilled diesel on the tarmac as a result of bursting their fuel tanks, the road surface may need to be replaced before the motorway can reopen.
Bedfordshire Police told MailOnline: ‘Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the M1.
‘We were called at around 6.43am this morning (Saturday) to reports that two HGVs had been involved in a collision between J13 and J12.
‘The motorway is currently closed in both directions while we and fellow emergency services deal with the incident.
‘Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting Op Effervescence.’
Fans have been urged to use the M40 rather than the M1 if heading from the north to London
Traffic is being diverted along the A5 to avoid the closed section of the M1 motorway
The incident happened between Junction 12 and 13 on the southbound carriageway of the M1