Po­lice de­scribe scene of fa­tal 33-car mo­tor­way pile-up

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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

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