West Ilsley trainer Mick Channon (pictured) was seriously injured in a car crash in which his long-time friend, renowned bloodstock agent Tim Corby, died.

The 59-year-old former England footballer was returning from a day at Doncaster Sales on Wednesday afternoon with Corby and his 15-year-old son, Jack.

The incident took place on a stretch of the M1 motorway at junction 24, near Kegworth.

Corby, of East Ilsley, died when the silver Mercedes he was driving left the motorway and hit a concrete pillar, according to police.

Channon and his youngest son were taken to the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, by air ambulance.

The former Southampton striker had an uncomfortable night in hospital and is suffering from broken ribs, a broken arm, a fractured jaw and a punctured lung, said his son, Michael, 33.

He is due to undergo surgery today to pin bones in his arm and have his jaw wired.

Jack Channon was left "battered and bruised", but was not seriously injured. He is undergoing medical checks as a precaution, his brother said.