TWO lanes are still closed on the M1 near Redbourn following a crash in which a man suffered life threatening injuries after his car became trapped under a lorry for more than two hours.

Traffic came to a standstill just after 10.30am this morning on the southbound carriageway between Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead after a car collided into the back of a lorry.

One lane has re-opened however there are still long delays expected in the area.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, became trapped and was stabilised at the scene by paramedics and doctors who said he had suffered life-threatening injuries.

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “This was a very delicate and difficult incident to deal with.

"The man was trapped underneath the lorry in excess of two hours.

"Paramedics and the doctor at the scene worked closely with the fire service to treat, stabilise and remove him safely to an awaiting ambulance.”

He added: “The man who we believe to be in his 30s was taken by land ambulance accompanied by Dr Gaunt to St Mary's Paddington Hospital in London where his injuries are deemed life-threatening.”