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TRAVEL - ROADS: OXFORDSHIRE J11/M40 lorry fire - recovery underway

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M40 j11. Apologies-new info from scene - clearance much harder than anticipated. Awaiting new Eta for reopening. C.I Parsons

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M40 j11.Burnt out lorry now being recovered onto low loader to allow carriageways to be cleared. C.I.Parsons

Emergency services dealing with lorry fire on M40

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M40 j11.lorry laden with hay ablaze. @oxonfirerescue have specialist equipment to break up the load to put it out. C.I.Parsons

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Working hard to keep things moving around the M40 j11. Fire service working hard to deal with the burning hay #P0399 http://t.co/PRaaHYLm0n

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M40 j11. Specialist equipment (digger!) now on scene to clear the southbound courtesy of @oxonfirerescue. C.I.Parsons

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Fatal collision on M40 at Watlington in Oxfordshire

A man has died after the van he was driving was involved in a collision on the M40. The accident happened shortly before 7pm. The crash involved a HGV and a van in lane one of the southbound carriageway between junctions 6 at Watlington and 5 at Stokenchurch.

Junctions 6 to 5 southbound are closed and are expected to remain closed for approximately three hours. There is significant congestion on the M40 and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Signposted diversion routes via the A40 are currently in place.

Officers from Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Perry Knight from Roads Policing based at Bicester, via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1300 18/6.

“I am appealing for any witnesses who saw the incident or saw the vehicles travelling prior to the collision to speak to police.

“I would urge motorists to be patient and to bear with us. Although there are diversions there will be a delay so they should take an alternative route if possible.”

– Sgt Carl Kneale, Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, Thames Valley Police

Family pay tribute to new mother killed in M40 crash

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A family tribute for Joanna Bull who has died aged 29 Credit: Thames Valley Police

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.”

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M40 closed after lorry overturns

M40 Buckinghamshire - Queueing traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M40 northbound at J1a M25, because of a shed load of household waste, an overturned lorry and recovery work.

Diversion in operation - anticlockwise on the M25 to J14, returning clockwise. Congestion to J1, A40 (Denham Roundabout).

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