THE driver of a 4X4 vehicle was seriously injured when he was trapped beneath his vehicle in a crash on the M40 today (Thursday).
The accident, on the southbound carriageway between the junctions for Gaydon and Banbury at around 12.10pm, caused long delays in both directions.
The Land Rover Discovery had been towing a trailer carrying agricultural equipment when it overturned in a collision with a silver coloured Mercedes.
The driver of the Land Rover was thrown from the vehicle, but his leg became trapped beneath the vehicle when it rolled onto its side.
Firefighters used air bags to free the man, who was trapped for around an hour and received a serious leg injury and a pelvic injury.
Ambulance crews and paramedics gave him emergency treatment and pain relief and he was airlifted to the University Hospital, Coventry in the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Firefighters also freed the woman who had been driving the Mercedes, who had sustained a chest injury. She and a man travelling in the car were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The couple, who are believed to be in their 60s, were transferred by land ambulance to Horton General Hospital, Banbury for further treatment.
The collision has affected all three lanes of the southbound carriageway. The motorway has been closed to traffic at junction 12, and traffic was reported to be backing up past junction 13 at Bishop’s Tachbrook. Motorists using the southbound carriageway are advised to plan an alternative route.
Anyone travelling on the M40 between junction 12 and junction 11 who witnessed the collision, or who saw either vehicle before the accident should contact Pc Liam Ryan in the roads major investigation unit on 415415.