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.
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.”
The family of a new mother who was killed in an accident on the M40, have paid tribute to her. Joanna Bull, nee Pedley, aged 29, died on Friday. Her 5-week-old daughter, who was travelling with her, was airlifted to hospital.
In a statement released through the police, Joanna Bull's family said:
“Jo, who was tragically killed in a car accident, was a loving wife, mum, daughter, sister, grand daughter, niece and friend to so many and loved by all who knew her.
“She died on her way to visit her mum Teresa, with her five week old daughter Ruby, to meet newborn cousin Harry (11/06/2014) for the first time, and to have a catch up with big sister Soph, and niece Nelly aged two.
“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 her family at such a happy time is utterly unbearable.
“Jo, we never had the chance to say a proper goodbye, but we will never forget how much fun and laughter you brought into all our lives, you will remain in our hearts and memories always.”
Police have confirmed that a woman in her late twenties killed in a crash on the M40 was the mother of a newborn baby girl who was airlifted to hospital.
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 arctic lorry.
The driver of the Peugeot, a woman in her late twenties, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The baby girl, believed to be only a few weeks old and in the rear of the vehicle, was airlifted to hospital for treatment.
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.
Two motorway lanes have been closed in Buckinghamshire due to vehicle fire on the M40 Northbound between J1A M25 and J2 A355 (Beaconsfield).
The M40 southbound entry slip road closed due to incident at J10 A43 (Brackley / Cherwell Valley Services).
One lane is closed on the M40 northbound in Oxfordshire between junction 8A for the A418 (Oxford) and junction 9 for the A34/A41 (Bicester) due to an accident involving three vehicles. Traffic is queueing.
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.