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Fire officers warn drivers of winter weather conditions

M40 closed at crash site Credit: Oxfordshire Fire Service

Drivers are being warned of more difficult driving conditions as winter approaches.

This follows a collision on the M40 in Oxfordshire yesterday involving four cars.

Thames Valley Police closed all lanes of the southbound carriageway while emergency services worked to clear the road and attend to the casualties.

Fire and Rescue Incident Commander, John Callaway, from Banbury said, “This was a high speed collision on a fast road, it is remarkable that nobody lost their life.

This is the second serious multiple vehicle collision that has happened on the M40 in Oxfordshire over the last two days and the seventh road traffic collision that Banbury have attended in under a week.

With the onset of winter and more difficult driving conditions, I urge drivers to allow more time for their journey and adjust their driving accordingly, taking into account weather conditions.”

Warning to drivers travelling through roadworks

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning drivers to take extra care when travelling through roadworks after a crash on the M40.

Emergency services were called to the motorway between junctions 6 and 7 yesterday afternoon where people were believed to be trapped in the wreckage.

A car had left the motorway and ended up on its side down the embankment and stuck in the hedgerow.

The driver and the passenger were freed safely.

The car had left the motorway and ended up on its side down an embankment Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

“I would like to thank all services who helped at this incident including the Army who had stopped when passing the incident and provided support to the casualties until our arrival. Due to the position of the car and the fact it was on its side down the embankment we had to initially stabilise the vehicle to prevent further movement and then create access by use hydraulic equipment to remove the doors and centre post from the side of the car.

"The driver and passenger were then able to be released and subsequently taken to hospital for checks, however the incident could have resulted in even more damage had the vehicle hit others and of course the injuries could have been a lot worse had they not been wearing their seat belts”

"There have been a number of recent accidents in the current temporary road works in place on this section of the M40 and I would urge drivers to stay alert, reduce their speed on approach and take extra care by following the 2 second rule in an attempt to maintain a suitable gap between you and vehicle in front, thus helping prevent possible further collisions”

– Incident Commander, Watch Manager Andy Ford

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Police investigate death of man in M40 crash

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M40 yesterday.

At about 7.15pm, a silver BMW convertible crossed from the southbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 4 onto the northbound carriageway.

It collided with a black Renault Clio and both vehicles caught fire.

The driver of the Clio, a man believed to be in his sixties, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Clio, a womanwas taken to hospital but later died.

No formal identification has yet taken place and officers are working to establish the next of kin.

The motorway was closed in both directions for more than four hours.

A 32-year-old man from Ealing, London, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs. He has been released on bail until 11 February.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles prior to the incident is asked to contact investigating officer, PC Matt Diduca from Amersham Roads Policing on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Warning of delays on the M40 as British Grand Prix gets underway

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Motorists who plan to use the M40 around Oxfordshire this weekend are being advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys as the British Grand Prix at Silverstone gets underway. Around 230,000 F1 fans are expected to head to the track this weekend.

The Highways Agency will use its electronic message signs on approaching motorways to give drivers information about any diversions and delays, and provide traffic information using local radio.

Grand Prix at Silverstone could cause M40 delays

Motorists who plan to use the M40 around Oxfordshire this weekend are being advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys as the British Grand Prix at Silverstone begins.

Around 230,000 Formula 1 spectators are expected to head to the track this weekend.

The Highways Agency has said they will use its electronic message signs on approaching motorways to give drivers information about any diversions and delays, and provide up-to-the-minute traffic information using local radio.

Baby leaves hospital after surviving motorway crash that killed her mother

A five-week-old baby airlifted from a motorway crash that killed her mother has been discharged from from hospital.

Ruby Bull was travelling with her mother Joanna on the M40 on Friday when they were in collision with a lorry near junction 9 at Wendlebury.

Mrs Bull, from Warwickshire, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash while Ruby was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

In a statement, Mrs Bull’s family said: “Jo was vibrant, beautiful, and caring in so many ways. A girl who added zest to a room and who had found true love and happiness with her husband of just one year, Dave.

“To have her taken from us at such a happy time is utterly unbearable.”

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