At around 4am this morning a Volvo XC90 and a DAF HGV lorry were travelling along the M1 northbound, near to Junction 28 when they collided.
Emergency services attended and a 70-year-old man, the driver of the Volvo, died at the scene. A woman who was the passenger was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
The road was closed for a number of hours whilst emergency services and Highways England worked to carry out their investigation and clear the scene.
The road re-opened at 1.20pm.