‘One dead’ in pile-up on foggy M40

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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At least one person is understood to have died in a 30-car motorway pile-up in fog this morning.

Fire crews, police and air and road ambulances rushed to the scene, where paramedics are assessing more than 30 patients for possible injuries.

Long queues of traffic have built up following the crash, which happened between junctions 9 and 10 on the M40, near the busy designer outlet shopping centre in Bicester, Oxfordshire, just before 7.50am.

The AA said the area was busy with traffic as families hit the roads for a getaway as schools are on their half-term break.

Pictures posted on Twitter show cars at a standstill in thick fog on the motorway, while drivers and passengers stand around.

Forecasters said Oxfordshire was hit by fog this morning, which would have hampered visibility.

The motorway has been closed northbound between the junctions, while a couple of southbound lanes are shut along the same stretch.

An ambulance spokeswoman said it is too early to know the nature and severity of the injuries suffered by drivers.

She said: “It is quite a major collision. We were called at 7.48am to reports of a multiple road traffic collision on the M40, junctions 9 to 10 northbound.

“I understand that there are about 30 vehicles involved. We are currently assessing in excess of 30 patients.

“We have a lot of resources on the scene – ambulances, our helicopter ambulance, rapid response vehicles, our doctor and our hazardous area response team.

“Fire and police are also at the scene.”

Thames Valley Roads Policing said on Twitter: “M40 Northbound J9 will be closed for a number of hours following a fatal collision. Officers are working to relieve the traffic stuck northbound.”

Met Office forecaster Chris Page said: “There was definitely some fog in the area this morning. It is quite foggy.”

A Highways Agency spokesman said all lanes north along the stretch are closed and may remain shut for several hours as police investigate the crash.

A couple of lanes south are also shut.

AA president Edmund King said: “AA Roadwatch reports severe congestion north and southbound on the M40 between junctions 8 and 10.

“There is associated gridlock on the A34 towards Kiddlington and on local roads around Middleton Stoney.

“Traffic on the M40 has been busier than normal for a Saturday morning due to the beginning of half-term holidays. It is likely that severe congestion in the area will continue for several hours.”

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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