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'Serious blessing' not more people killed in M40 crash

Police say it is a "serious blessing" that more people were not killed in the 40-car pile-up on the M40.

One person was declared dead at the scene following the crash near Oxfordshire in foggy conditions this morning.

Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, head of Thames Valley Police's roads police team, said the crash was an "extraordinary" and unusual accident.

"It is a horrible scene and ultimately one person has lost their life and several are seriously injured as a result. It is awful, whatever way you dress it up," he said at the crash scene.

M40 pile-up: Scale of damage seen in aerial photo

The scale of the damage after a 40-car pile up on the M40 has been seen in an aerial picture released by police.

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Police: Around 40 vehicles involved in fatal M40 crash

Police say around 40 vehicles have been involved in a fatal crash on the M40.

Earlier reports suggested 30 vehicles were caught up in the pile-up.

Thames Valley Police confirmed that one person had died at the scene and another had sustained life-threatening injuries.

Around 35 to 45 people had suffered minor injuries, the force added.

Thames Valley Police is continuing to deal with a collision involving approximately 40 vehicles on the M40 motorway.

One person sadly died at the scene, one person sustained life-threatening injuries, six people were seriously injured and approximately 35 to 45 people have minor injuries.

– Thames Valley Police

Football fans warned over traffic disruption

Football clubs are advising fans to plan their routes carefully ahead of today's fixtures. There are reportedly severe delays on the M5 and closures on the M1 and M40.

Motorists at a standstill after M40 crash

Motorists stuck in traffic after a fatal pile-up on the M40 have been tweeting pictures from the scene.

Thames Valley Police have warned drivers to expect major delays.

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M40 junction to be closed for 'number of hours'

Motorists have been warned to avoid the M40 after a fatal crash involving 30 vehicles.

Thames Valley Roads Policing said junction nine northbound would be closed for "a number of hours".

M40 pile-up: At least two people in serious condition

At least two people have been taken to hospital in a serious condition after a serious crash involving 30 vehicles on the M40.

At least one person is believed to have died.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman told ITV News that seven ambulance crews, a hazard response team and a doctor had been sent to the scene in Oxfordshire.

More than 35 people are being treated at the scene, she added.

Passenger describes 'thick, dense fog' on M40

A passenger has described seeing "thick dense fog" on the M40 at the time of a fatal crash involving 30 cars.

"It was thick dense fog and you could only see a couple of cars in front at the time," Zara Smith told ITV News.

Ms Smith said she had been at a standstill for more than an hour and a half.

"People were starting to walk around," she added.

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