Fatalities in A1 smash between lorry and van near Long Bennington

A1 incident.
A1 incident.
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Occupants of a van have died in a smash on the A1 north of Long Bennington.

They were travelling in a van which was in collision with a white Volvo lorry on the northbound carriageway of the A1 this morning at around 5.30am. It is not yet known how many people were in the van.

They were promounced dead at the scene, said a Nottinghamshire Police spokesman. The 60-year-old driver of the lorry was shaken but uninjured.

The lorry is believed to have been carrying gas canisters. The collision resulted in a blaze and a large plume of smoke. The surface of the road has been damaged.

Both carriageways of the A1 were closed between the A52 junction at Grantham and the A46 junction at Newark. The southbound carriageway has now reopened but the northbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for the majority of the day while the scene is cleared and police conduct their enquiries.

Diversions are in place at the junctions with the A52 and A46, but motorists are being asked to avoid the area where possible.

If you saw the crash contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 115 of 19 June 2013, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.