Thousands are caught in Christmas motorway misery

  • The collision happened at junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead causing disruption
  • Drivers reported 'debris' on the roads and praised emergency services
  • Officials said traffic is being diverted up and over via the exit and entry slip roads

By Sophie Inge For Mailonline

Published: 07:25 EST, 25 December 2017 | Updated: 07:25 EST, 25 December 2017

Thousands of drivers were caught up in Christmas Day motorway misery after a crash shut the M1 causing huge tailbacks.

The collision happened at junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead causing major disruption on the roads.

Drivers described chaos on the roads with reports of 'debris' but were quick to praise the emergency services for their response.

The collision happened at junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead causing major disruption on the roads

The collision happened at junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead causing major disruption on the roads

Officials said traffic is being diverted up and over via the exit and entry slip roads.

It is not known how many vehicles were involved or what caused the crash. Details of any casualties have not yet been confirmed.

Motorist Chris Bryson tweeted: 'M1 J8 Northbound crash. Emergency services out here looking after us all on Christmas Day. Lot of debris and blues. Hope nobody is hurt.'

Another witness, Kofi Ofori-Quaah, added: 'Much respect to emergency services on Christmas Day, hope whoever is in there comes out ok #EmergencyServices #M1 #Junction 8.'

Drivers described pandemonium on the roads with reports of 'debris' but were quick to praise the emergency services for their responseDrivers described pandemonium on the roads with reports of 'debris' but were quick to praise the emergency services for their response

Drivers described pandemonium on the roads with reports of 'debris' but were quick to praise the emergency services for their response

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