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
They rumble through their town day and night. And, today, a group of campaigners began a fight to stop lorries and HGVs passing through Watlington in Oxfordshire.
Rather than use the M4 and A34 route, or M40, to travel between Berkshire and Oxfordshire, the small market town is often used by lorries who travel on the B4009 as a shortcut between Oxford, Thame and Reading.
Now a pressure group called Watlington Against Pollution, has been set up to reduce the number of lorries. Mel Bloor reports.
An industrial estate in Oxfordshire has re-opened after a fire yesterday.
The site at Watlington was sealed off for twenty four hours while water was sprayed to cool gas cylinders. At the height of the emergency more than sixty firefighters were at the scene. Businesses are now recovering.
A 24 hour cordon has been lifted at an industrial estate in Oxfordshire. The site at Watlington, where a fire broke out yesterday, is expected to reopen this morning. Gas cylinders had to be cooled before the estate was deemed safe.
An industrial estate in Oxfordshire is expected to reopen this morning following a fire. The site at Watlington was sealed off for 24 hours yesterday. At the height of the fire more than 60 firefighters were needed.
An industrial estate in Oxfordshire has been cordoned off for much of the day after a fire broke out in buildings that contained gas cylinders. Sixty firefighters tackled the blaze in Watlington. Police and ambulance crews were on hand as a precaution.