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Baby airlifted to hospital after woman killed in motorway crash

Delays remain in place on the M40 following this morning's fatal crash Credit: Dan Hough

A baby has been airlifted to hospital following a motorway crash which claimed the life of a woman.

Emergency services remain at the scene of a fatal collision on the M40 in Oxfordshire and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Police were called at 11.20am this morning to reports of a collision on the southbound carriageway of the M40, just before junction 9 between a green Peugeot 406 estate and a red articulated lorry. The driver of the Peugeot, a woman in her late twenties, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A young baby, believed to be only a few weeks old and in the rear of the vehicle, has been airlifted to hospital for treatment. Two lanes of the southbound carriageway have now been reopened however there remain lengthy tailbacks and motorists are advised to avoid the area.


Man dies in M40 crash

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a single vehicle road traffic collision, reported at 10.25am on the M40, today.

A black Jaguar S-type travelling on the M40 between junction 12 to 11, left the southbound carriageway to the nearside, going up the embankment and overturning.

The driver, a 61-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other occupants, a 32-year old man and a girl, aged 7, were taken to the Horton General Hospital with minor injuries and have since been discharged.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or with information that may assist the investigation, should contact PS Keith Rayner or PC Graham Holt of the Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Team at Bicester on the non-emergency number 101.

Man charged in connection with fatal crash

A man will appear in court in connection with the death last year of a 26 year old man in an Ashford road traffic collision.

Junel Miah, 27, of Magazine Road, will appear at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on 19 May.

He's charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while driving without insurance.

A Toyota Celica and a Volkswagon Golf were involved in a collision on Somerset Road at about 11pm on Monday 30 September.

Danyl Ponsford of Ashford, who was driving the Toyota, was declared dead at the scene.

A second man has been summonsed to court for driving without insurance.

Independent Police Complaints Commission renew appeal for witnessess

Site of fatal crash at Purley-on-Thames Credit: ITV Meridian

The IPCC renews its appeal for witnesses to assist its investigation into police actions just over one month on from a collision in Purley-on-Thames, in which two cyclists died. Kris Jarvis and John Morland died following a collision with a black BMW on the A329 Purley Rise on 13 February 2014.

Officers in a marked 4x4 vehicle sighted the BMW in Pangbourne shortly before the fatal collision, and following a referral from Thames Valley Police, the IPCC decided to conduct an independent investigation.

The IPCC has considered initial accounts from police officers, and examined police radio transmissions. IPCC investigators will be taking statements from several witnesses who responded to last month’s appeal, and interviewing the relevant officers from Thames Valley Police.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who is yet to speak with the IPCC, and saw either the police vehicle or black BMW on the A329 between Pangbourne and Purley-on-Thames, in the few minutes leading up to the collision, to contact them on 0800 096 9071, or email

Woman dies following crash

Police are investigating a single vehicle collision on the A2011 Crawley Avenue, Crawley, in which a woman sadly sustained fatal injuries. It happened at about 1.40am yesterday, when a black BMW Z3 sports car travelling west along Crawley Avenue left the carriageway and hit with a fence.

The car's occupants, a 35-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from the Crawley area, were taken to St George's Hospital, Tooting, London, with serious injuries.

Later the same morning the woman sadly died. The man remains in a serious condition, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.


Man arrested for dangerous driving after cyclist dies

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died in Oxford this morning.

The cyclist and a Nissan Micra were involved in a crash in Watlington Road at the junction with Garsington Road in Cowley.

Thames Valley Police were called at 5:41am but sadly, he died at the scene.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is currently in police custody.

Police are calling on anyone who may have seen the crash to contact Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Man arrested following death of two cyclists

An investigation is underway tonight after two men died while Thames Valley police were responding to an emergency call.

Officers were on their way to a house in Berkshire when a black car raced away from the property.

Moments later in Purley-on-Thames two cyclists were hit by a car and killed in Purley Rise.

It's unclear exactly what happened, but it has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The men who died both worked for Reading Council - Cary Johnston has our report.

Man arrested following cyclist crash

A man's been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in Berkshire. Police were responding to an immediate domestic fear for welfare incident at an address in Purley Rise last night.

A black BMW travelling on the A329 Purley Rise, subsequently collided with two cyclists, a 30-year-old man from Tilehurst and a 39-year-old man from Reading, who both died at the scene.

The driver of the BMW, a 31-year-old man from Purley On Thames was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in police custody at this time. Thames Valley Police has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

There is a significant amount of work ongoing with regards to the investigation and so it is difficult to give any further details at the moment. Our thoughts and sympathies at this time are with the two families who have been left absolutely devastated by the loss of their loved ones.

– ACC Richard Bennett
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