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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.


Coach fire blaze closes M40

A fire engulfs a coach on the M40 Credit: Oliver Jobson

A major motorway in Oxford was shut earlier today after a coach caught fire.

Both carriageways of the M40 have now re-opened but one lane is closed at the scene of the fire.

The driver was the only person on board the coach and managed to escape uninjured.

Emergency services were called to the fire at around 6am between Watlington and Thame junctions.

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