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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

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