Woman in her 60s and man in his 70s killed in M40 multi-car horror crash

22 January 2023, 13:28 | Updated: 22 January 2023, 18:27

A National Highways CCTV image showed the pile-up on the M40
A National Highways CCTV image showed the pile-up on the M40. Picture: National Highways

By Kit Heren

A woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s died after a multi-car horror crash on the M40, with two more rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Twelve people were injured in total in the accident which saw the M40 in Buckinghamshire, west of London closed for several hours.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: "Officers attended a report of an RTC involving multiple vehicles at around 8.15am today.

"Sadly two people have died. Their next of kin has been informed. Two more people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

"A further 10 people sustained minor injuries, some of whom have been taken to hospital.

"If anyone saw what happened, or has any dash-cam footage, who has not yet spoken to officers, please get in touch."

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The M40
The M40. Picture: Alamy

Anyone with information regarding the crash has been urged to call 101 or contact Thames Valley Police online, quoting reference 43230032159.

Highways England, which manages the roads, said: "Thames Valley Police, Fire, Ambulance Services and National Highways Traffic Officers attended with Thames Valley Air Ambulance landing on the northbound carriageway.

"The northbound carriageway was also closed, but reopened circa 11.30am.Due to the nature of the incident, Thames Valley Police are carrying out collision investigation work. 

"Once complete, vehicle recovery and carriageway clean-up work can begin. The closure is expected to be protracted and in place for a considerable time today."

The Met Office has warned motorists about the freezing fog across much of the country that could make driving conditions dangerous.