Police describe scene of fatal 33-car motorway pile-up
POLICE said it was a “serious blessing” that more people were not killed in the M40 pile-up, in which a man died.
Thames Valley Police is investigating the crash, which involved 33 vehicles on the M40 between junctions nine and 10 on Saturday.
There were major delays throughout the day as the M40 was closed until 4.30pm. The news hit the national headlines as the full scale of the two crashes emerged.
Police were called at 7.50am to a report of a multi-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway.
It is belived fog played a part, but police said it was “too early” to say with any certainty. 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, is now in a stable condition and remains in hospital.
Two further people remain in hospital, both in stable conditions.
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.
“It and, is a horrible scene
ultimately, one person has lost their life and several are seriously injured as a result. It is awful, whatever way you dress it up.”
Senior investigating officer Sgt Ashley Hannibal, from the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said an investigation was launched on Saturday and is ongoing.
He said: “The scene is in the process of being digitally reconstructed to enable investigating officers to establish the positions of the vehicles involved and to piece togetherthecircumstances which resulted in the collision.”
Police are contacting witnesses whose details were taken at the scene.
Witnesses should call 101, quoting URN 317 14/2. Sad to learn the man killed in a multi-vehicle collision on the M40 in Oxfordshire on Saturday was a 65-year-old from #Woking
Thanks, We haven’t seen anything like that in quite some time and along with those involved, we won’t forget. Sgt498 #joblikenoother
Thanks to @tvprp @SCAS999 @OxonFireRescue @ OxfordshireCC for help during #M40 pile-up. Professional, caring, superorganised. From a driver Well done to all the services. Respect & thanks
@tvprp Well done guys, a day you probably won’t forget.
@tvprp @ SCAS999 @RedCross @OxonFireRescue @ OxfordshireCC @ HAtraffic_seast Thank you for such amazing response. We were lucky to survive this
Thanks to all the emergency services @TVACAA @ SCAS999 @tvprp @ SCAS_HART @ OxonFireRescue & all others #teamwork
DEVASTATION: Thames Valley Police photo of the M40 crash