Tragedy as four die in m-way crashes
Two from county killed in multiple vehicle pile up and many more injured
TWO horror motorway crashes in the space of an hour claimed four lives leaving families devastated and senior police officers shocked.
The fatalities on the M40 and M1 included two victims from Bucks in the same collision in Bedfordshire.
Nathan Reeves, 23, and Tom Aldridge, 20, from Newport Pagnell, and Allan Evans, 59. from Islington, London, died when the car they were in was hit by a double-decker coach.
The crash happened at 6.46am on the hard shoulder of the M1 northbound, between junction 12 and 13.
The coach driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving at the scene and has been released on unconditional bail until May.
A fourth man, in his 20s, also from Newport Pagnell, was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, where he is in a serious but stable condition following surgery.
The men who died were travelling back home from London.
Tearful tributes were paid to the victims, with Mr Reeves’ family releasing a statement saying: “On Saturday, February 14, 2015, St Valentine’s Day, our lives changed forever when Nathan was taken from us.”
The family of Mr Aldridge said: “Tom was a very generous and loving boy, loved not just by his family but by his many, many, friends.”
An hour later on the M40 near Bicester in Oxfordshire, 33 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in foggy conditions between junctions 9 and 10.
A 65-year-old man from Woking, in Surrey, died at the scene.
One man, who was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in a critical condition, where he remains in a stable condition.
A further 49 people were assessed at the scene.
Chief Inspector Henry Parsons said the crash was an unusual accident.
Mr Parsons said: “It is extraordinary. We haven’t been hit by an accident this severe for many years in Thames Valley.
“It does very much touch you personally.
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CARNAGE: The scene on the M40 in Oxfordshire after Saturday morning’s collision