A MAN was airlifted to hospital with serious spinal injuries after a crash which closed the M1 motorway in South Yorkshire.
The 21-year-old student, from London, was a rear seat passenger in a silver BMW which was in a collision with a silver Nissan Micra which sent both cars down an embankment hitting trees.
Police said the Nissan driver swerved into the path of the BMW because a car travelling in front had swerved to avoid hitting a large plastic mud guard in the road.
The collision happened on the M1 southbound just after Junction 38 at Haigh at 3.45pm on Sunday.
Police said the injured BMW passenger was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.
The 25-year-old BMW driver and his three other male passengers - aged 23, 24 and 27 - suffered minor injuries.
The man driving the Nissan, an 18-year-old from Penistone, and his 12-year-old passenger were treated for minor injuries and discharged.
Call police on 0114 220 2020 and quote incident 744.