Tragedy as four die in m-way crashes

Two from county killed in mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cle pile up and many more in­jured

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By An­drew Jack­son an­drew.jack­son01@trin­i­tymir­

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.

Turn to page 9 for the full story

CAR­NAGE: The scene on the M40 in Ox­ford­shire af­ter Satur­day morn­ing’s col­li­sion

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