Blowout crash kills two teenagers on M1

Two teenage girls died after a car left the M1 and crashed into trees on the embankment.

The girls, aged 14 and 18, were killed after the vehicle left the northbound carriageway of the motorway between junctions 19 and 20 on 4th January. The car, a black Vauxhall Astra, was travelling northbound when it left the carriageway and hit trees on the embankment at the side of the motorway. The driver and a passenger were treated in hospital for minor injuries and the northbound carriageway was closed between the two junctions while firefighters made the area safe and officers from the collision unit investigated the scene.

The driver’s sister has claimed that the accident was caused by a tyre blowout.

Blowouts are widely considered to be unpredictable, but they are almost invariably caused by an undetected tyre problem causing leakage of air. The soft tyre overheats due to friction in the sidewall, and the tyre eventually bursts. Tyre pressure monitoring systems detect a fall in pressure and give warning if a tyre is under-inflated. TyrePal systems additionally monitor tyre temperature, and will give a warning if a tyre is overheating.

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