Update: Driver is fighting for his life after a  crash on the M1 near Rugby

Officers are now urgently appealing for witnesses following the two-vehicle accident just after 3.10am today (Monday)

A stretch of the M1 heading near Rugby is closed following a serious crash in the early hours of Monday morning (October 4).

A driver is fighting for his life after a crash on the M1 near Rugby in the early hours of today (Monday).

The motorist was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after his grey BMW 320 collided with a lorry, said Leicestershire Police.

Officers are now urgently appealing for witnesses following the two-vehicle accident just after 3.10am today.

The crash happened on the northbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 18 and 19.

The car driver was taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

His condition “has been described as critical”, said police.

“The car and HGV were travelling in lane one of the M1 northbound when the collision occurred.

“Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand,” said police this afternoon.

“Also, if anyone has video recording equipment installed in their vehicles they are asked to check the footage if they were driving along this route during the early hours of this morning.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting Leicestershire Police’s incident number 45 of 4 October.”