Serious car crash on the M40

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Fire engines from Banbury and one from Deddington attended a serious road traffic collision on the M40 between junctions 11 (Banbury) and 10 (Cherwell Valley services) on Tuesday.

The crash, which happened just after 11am, involved one adult male casualty and one car, which left the road, crashing through the trees and coming to a stop on its side down the motorway embankment.

Three fire engines, paramedics, a doctor, the air ambulance and the police attended the scene.

Watch manager David Edge from Banbury Fire Station said: “The vehicle ended up far down the embankment. The casualty was seriously trapped and had serious injuries, requiring us to work very closely with the paramedics and emergency doctors to stabilise and swiftly release him from the wreckage.

“We used our hydraulic rescue tools to cut the roof away, enabling us to remove him from the car and into the air ambulance which was waiting on the closed motorway.

“The car had sustained heavy damage and the engine had been thrown from the vehicle leaving a trail of damaged trees and bushes. All of the emergency services worked efficiently and well together to rescue the casualty, releasing him quickly from being trapped within the car and getting him swiftly into care.

“The police are now investigating the cause of the crash, but such a serious incident serves as a reminder to all drivers of the potential dangers on fast roads and motorways. You can increase your safety whilst driving by taking regular breaks, keeping to the speed limit and not being distracted by mobile phones or other devices – for more road safety advice and safety messages in Oxfordshire visit our 365alive website today.”

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