Woking man dies in M40 pile-up

A MAN from Woking was tragically killed in a 33-car smash on the M40 on Saturday. Investigations into the fatal collision, which took place in Oxfordshire at around 7.50am, are being led by Thames Valley Police.

CARNAGE SCENE - one small part of the serious multi-vehicle pile-up last week on the M40
CARNAGE SCENE – one small part of the serious multi-vehicle pile-up last week on the M40

Officers responded early in the morning to reports of a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound carriageway between junctions 9
and 10 where, tragically, the 65-year-old Woking man was pronounced dead. The victim’s name had not been released at the time of the News & Mail going to press.

Six people were treated for serious injuries and were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, while a further six road-users with minor injuries were taken to the Horton Hospital in Banbury. A total of 49 other people were assessed by emergency services at the scene.

Senior Investigating Officer, Sgt Ashley Hannibal, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “An investigation into this large-scale collision, in which a man sadly lost his life, was launched on Saturday and is continuing.

“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 together the circumstances which resulted in the collision.”

“I would like to appeal for witnesses to the collision who have not already spoken to the police to call us on our non-emergency number 101. Witnesses who have left their details with police will be contacted in due course so that their accounts can be obtained.”

The stretch of road remained closed for the rest of the day while police conducted their investigation.

Insp Daren Courtenay, from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, added: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the man who died at the scene – specially trained officers are supporting his relatives at this time. An investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.

“The scene that officers faced was complex and required a large amount of investigation, working with partner agencies to ensure those involved received the appropriate medical treatment, and the subsequent recovery of the vehicles involved.”

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