UPDATE: M40 lane reopens after two serious collisions

editorial image

One lane of the M40 motorway between junctions 11 (Banbury) and 12 (Gaydon) has reopened following two serious collisions this morning (Thursday).

Emergency services were first called at about 4.20am after an articulated lorry was in collision with a Ford Focus and Suzuki Liana. The occupants of the Ford are believed to have suffered minor injuries and initial reports indicated one person in the Liana suffered serious injuries.

They were taken by ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for further assessment and the motorway was closed at junction 11 northbound.

Firefighters from Banbury and Hook Norton also attended a second incident on the motorway at 5.45am in the tailback to the first accident. It involved two lorries, with one driver suffering serious life-threatening injuries. The other driver suffered slight injuries and was taken to the Horton Hospital in Banbury. The northbound carriageway between junctions 11 and 12 was closed at 6.30am to allow emergency services to attend the scene.

By about 7am, the lorry driver was released from his cab and taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital via air ambulance. The southbound carriageway was stopped for the helicopter to land at about 7.40am.

The M40 reopened one lane open at about 10.30am while collision investigators investigate the cause of the accident. Any witnesses to the collision should call PS Geoff Bell of Warwickshire Police on 01926 415415.