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A34 fully re-opened

The A34 has now reopened to traffic in both directions following a fatal collision earlier today.

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses after a single vehicle collision shortly after 5am involving a lorry on the northbound carriageway just north of the A343 at Wash Common.

The driver of the lorry, a man aged in his sixties, died at the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.

The northbound carriageway between the A343 and the A4 was closed for several hours and the southbound carriageway was also closed while the vehicle was recovered.

I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the road was closed and officers attended this incident. The southbound carriageway had to be closed to allow the vehicle to be recovered safely. We are continuing to investigate this road traffic collision and I would ask that any witnesses who saw the collision get in touch via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.”

– Sgt Carl Kneale, from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing

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Man killed as lorry overturns

A man in his 60s has died after the lorry he was driving overturned on the A34.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the incident, which happened around 5am, on the northbound carriageway just north of the A343 at Wash Common.

The driver died at the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.

The northbound carriageway between the A343 and the A4 is expected to remain closed for several hours and the southbound carriageway will also be closed while the vehicle is recovered. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Long delays on Hampshire/Berkshire border northbound

Long delays on the A34 northbound due to an overturned lorry Credit: Thames Valley Police

The northbound carriageway of the A34 is closed after a lorry overturned in icy weather this morning.

It happened near the service station at Tot Hill services just before dawn. The A34 has been closed between the A343 junction in Newbury and the A4 Bath Road junction at Bagnor.

Thames Valley Police it's likely there will be long delays through the area until lunch time.

Drugs worth £5 million found in Thames Valley

Five people have been charged in connection with the seizure of around £5 million worth of drugs found in the Thames Valley.

All five men were arrested within the Thames Valley and Kent and charged with conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

The men are:

  • Martin Gray, aged 31
  • David Bowen, aged 42
  • Shorne Ross, aged 42
  • Yemi Aiyegbusi, aged 35
  • Razaki Hakan, aged 41

The charges are in connection with the seizure of a large amount of drugs, as well as £50,000 in cash, a hydraulic press and other drug paraphernalia.

The items were seized on Monday from a vehicle on the M40 and at properties in Woodstock and Oxford.

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IPCC referral after badger collision

Thames Valley Police has referred a fatal road traffic collision on the A34 this morning to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

It follows an incident where a lorry collided with a vehicle while police officers were removing a dead badger from the carriageway.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred on the southbound carriageway of the A34 near Marcham just before 3am today.

Lorry driver dies as police slow traffic to remove badger

Thames Valley police are appealing for witnesses after a lorry driver crashed into another vehicle and died as officers were removing a dead badger from the A34.

Police received a call this morning to say the dead badger was causing an obstruction on the southbound carriageway near Marcham.

As they slowed down the traffic to remove the dead badger, a lorry crashed into another vehicle.

The driver was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but sadly died of his injuries.

The southbound carriageway of the A34 has been closed between Botley and Didcot, while one lane remains open on the northbound carriageway between Didcot and Abingdon.

Anyone who witnessed the crash are asked to contact the police via 101.

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