3 DEAD IN WRONG-WAY CARAVAN HORROR
THREE people were killed when a car towing a caravan crashed as it was being driven in the WRONG DIRECTION on a busy motorway.
Thames Valley Police received reports of the Subaru Forester SUV being driven south on the northbound carriageway of the M40 shortly before 4pm on Monday.
A few minutes later it crashed into two other cars near Junction 6 in Lewknor, Oxon.
The driver and a passenger in the SUV, both in their 80s, and the driver of a Mondeo, a man in his 30s, died.
Videos taken before the crash and posted on social media show motorists travelling in the outside lane of the motorway being forced to swerve to avoid a collision with the Subaru.
Senior investigating officer Sergeant Beth Walton, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit of Thames Valley Police, said: “We are in the early stages of the investigation, in which sadly three people died, and our thoughts are with their families.
“We are in the process of contacting witnesses who provided a report to us and are grateful for their support.”
Sonia Thomson, from Staffs, was driving in the outside lane of the M40 when she realised the Subaru “was just heading towards me”.
Ms Thomson said the car was “going so fast” and “it was almost passed me in the blink of an eye”.
The crash happened shortly after her encounter with the car.
Ms Thomson added that the incident “doesn’t make sense” as she believed someone who accidentally drove in the wrong direction on a motorway “would get yourself to the hard shoulder”.
TERRIFYING FOOTAGE: SUV pulling caravan heads straight for other oncoming motorists