M40 crashes: Two drivers die in separate crashes

Two men have died in separate crashes within 24 hours of each other on the M40 in Oxfordshire.

A 29-year-old man died when his Vauxhall Astra car crashed northbound between junctions 6 to 7 at 05:15 BST.

On Sunday morning, a Jaguar S-type car left the southbound carriageway, went up on the embankment and overturned between junctions 12 and 11.

A 61-year-old man died at the scene and another man, aged 32 and a seven-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries.

They were taken to Horton General Hospital and have since been discharged.

The Vauxhall Astra driver crashed through a fence and hedgerow into the field behind.

He was pronounced dead at the scene but nobody else was hurt.

The motorway was closed after both accidents and police have appealed for witnesses.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Oxford

Weather

Oxford

Min. Night 16 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Good evening 18:00:

    That's all from the Local Live team.

    Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

     
  2.  
    Tonight's television 17:52: Geraldine Peers Presenter, BBC South Today

    On tonight's programme from 18:30, a construction company has been fined for its part in the death of an Oxfordshire man on a building site.

    Tutankhamun

    Plus, Adina Campbell gets a sneak preview of a new exhibition of previously unseen artefacts taken from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

     
  3.  
    Evening weather 17:46: Alexis Green Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    This evening and tonight will be dry with clear spells. Feeling humid once again with lows of only 16 to 19C (64F).

    There should be another clear evening's sunset over Didcot Power Station.

    Didcot sunset

    Many thanks to Jill Timms for sharing this picture with us before the view disappears forever on Sunday.

     
  4.  
    Road delays 17:35: BBC Radio Oxford

    Four-way traffic lights are causing delays on the A361 approaching Lechlade from Little Faringdon and on the A417 from Buscot to Lechlade.

     
  5.  
    Train delays 17:30: BBC Radio Oxford

    Delays of up to 40 minutes on Cross Country trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth due to an earlier signalling problem.

     
  6.  
    Your weather pictures 17:26: via Facebook

    Roger Bishop in Thame has captured this bumble bee in the latest BBC South Today Facebook page weather gallery.

    Roger Bishop Thame bee

    You can share your pictures - on Facebook and Twitter.

     
  7.  
    All out for nine 17:16: Oxford Times

    An Oxfordshire village cricket team found themselves bowled out for just nine runs in a weekend league match.

     
  8.  
    Feedback 17:06:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? Tell us your views.

     
  9.  
    on the hour 16:57: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news with Sarah Hicks at 17:00:

     
  10.  
    Get Active Walk 16:51: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The next walk BBC Radio Oxford Get Active Walk takes place on Saturday in the area around Stratton Audley.

    The circular route is almost five miles long. It goes east towards Poodle Gorse Woods and links up with the Cross Bucks Way.

    Boars Hill

    The route is mostly on footpaths and tracks across farmland. Meet in front of the church at 10:15 for a 10:30 start.

     
  11.  
    A420 travel woes 16:38: Oxford Mail

    The first day of major roadworks along the A420 have been described as a "nightmare" by locals in Shrivenham.

     
  12.  
    Forklift death compensation 16:26:

    The family of an Oxfordshire forklift driver who was killed at a building site in Berkshire say they will fight for compensation.

    Mark Williams

    Developer Costain has been fined £525,000 for health and safety breaches that led to the death of Mark Williams, 41, from Nuneham Courtenay, in July 2011.

    His family say they will pursue a claim against the company after the six-week appeal period lapses.

     
  13.  
    Didcot sunset 16:10: via Facebook

    Many thanks to Lou Owen-Jones who shared this stunning shot of Didcot Power Station's soon-to-be-demolished southern cooling towers.

    Didcot towers sunset

    Ahead of Sunday's demolition, we are showcasing the best of your pictures on the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook Page.

    Share yours with us using #DidcotDemolition on Twitter, Facebook and email.

     
  14.  
    News headlines 15:57: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news with Sarah Hicks at 16:00:

     
  15.  
    Royal well restoration 15:47:

    A royal well believed to have been built by King Henry II for his mistress to bathe in is undergoing restoration work at Blenheim Palace.

    Fair Rosamund by John William Waterhouse

    Fair Rosamund's Well is named after Rosamund Clifford, reputedly one of the great beauties of the 12th Century who inspired poems, stories and paintings.

    Henry II's royal manor at Woodstock was near to where the palace is today.

     
  16.  
    'Too many turns' 15:38:

    An Oxfordshire man who died on a Berkshire building site had complained of cramped working conditions the day before he died.

    Mark Williams

    Developer Costain has been fined £525,000 in connection with the death of Mark Williams, from Nuneham Courtenay, in July 2011.

    During the trial in March, Reading Crown Court heard Mr Williams had complained about a small, crowded working area on the site in Newbury.

    He said he had to make "too many short turns" with the Telehandler machine he was using.

     
  17.  
    Being a mum 15:24:

    It's often said that mums rule the world, but it's harder than it looks to run a business and cope with kids, reports the Didcot Herald.

     
  18.  
    #DidcotDemolition 15:11:

    There's just four days to go until the demolition of Didcot Power Station's southern cooling towers.

    On the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook Page we're showcasing your pictures of the towers before they disappear from view.

    Patrick Cannon Didcot painting

    Patrick Cannon, from Wittenham Clumps, sent us this wonderful painting.

    If you've got images you'd like to share with us - post them on Facebook or Twitter, using #DidcotDemolition or you can send us an email.

     
  19.  
    on the hour 14:58: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00:

     
  20.  
    Vigil for Gaza victim 14:50:

    Students in Oxford have held a vigil for a former student who is in intensive care in Gaza, after nine members of his family died in a bomb attack.

    Hassan Hallaq

    Hassan Hallaq lived with his family in the city while he studied for a business course at Oxford Brookes University.

    His pregnant wife and two young sons were among the dead.

     
  21.  
    Ex-Teacher on sex charges 14:40:

    A man charged with a number of sexual offences in Wallingford was a teacher at the time of the incidents.

    The alleged offences on six pupils took place between 1968 and 1988 while Trevor Bolton, 77, of Kestrel Way, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, Bolton, was working at Carmel College. The college has since closed.

    Mr Bolton was charged with the offences last Thursday and released on bail to to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 1 August.

     
  22.  
    Anti-UKIP meeting 14:33: Oxford Times

    Speakers are set to gather tonight to campaign against the UK Independence Party.

     
  23.  
    Man on sex charges 14:22:

    A man has been charged with a number of sexual offences in Wallingford.

    Trevor Bolton, 77, of Kestrel Way, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was arrested on 6 June last year on suspicion of four counts of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault on a male.

    He was charged with the offences last Thursday and released on bail to to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 1 August.

     
  24.  
    building site death fine 14:12:

    Building developer Costain has been fined £525,000 for health and safety breaches that led to the death of a supervisor on one of its building sites.

    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams, 41, from Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, was killed when a Telehandler machine toppled on him while lifting tiles on to a roof.

    He died at the scene of the Parkway Shopping Centre development in Newbury, Berkshire in July 2011.

     
  25.  
    news headlines 13:58: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00:

    • Developer Costain has been fined £525,000 for the death of a construction worker from Oxfordshire during the building of a shopping development
    • Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza according to the United Nations human rights commissioner
    • Drivers using a village near Bicester as a rat-run to avoid the "eco-town" roadworks are being targeted for speeding
     
  26.  
    Vigil for ex-Gaza scholar 13:43: Oxford Times

    A former Oxford Brookes Gaza scholar is in intensive care after six members of his family were killed when their home was bombed by Israeli forces.

     
  27.  
    Oxfordshire denied victory 13:27: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    In cricket, Oxfordshire were just one wicket away from their first Minor Counties victory of the season away to Dorset.

    After declaring on 329 for 8 in their second innings, Dorset needed 312 runs to win.

    The match ended in a draw after Dorset finished on 281 for 9.

     
  28.  
    Drawing Didcot 13:13: Lilley Mitchell Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    This morning I visited the No Two Things craft shop in Didcot.

    Lilley at No Two Things

    The team there is running a series of special events ahead of Sunday's demolition of the town's power station's southern cooling towers.

    Check out a selection of pictures on the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page.

     
  29.  
    News on the hour 12:59: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 13:00:

    • The developers Costain have been fined £525,000 for the death of a construction worker from Oxfordshire during the building of a shopping development
    • Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza according to the United Nations human rights commissioner
    • European foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss tightening sanctions against Russia because of its support for rebels
     
  30.  
    Your views 12:43:

    Tell us what you think of BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire.

     
  31.  
    Bypass closure 12:27:

    A major bypass in Oxfordshire has closed for seven weeks as resurfacing work costing £3.5m is carried out.

    A420 Bypass

    The A420 Shrivenham bypass has shut between Watchfield and Lower Bourton.

    Oxfordshire County Council's warned drivers to expect "severe delays" but said crews would work extra shifts to finish the job as quickly as possible.

     
  32.  
    Early debt advice 12:14: Kat Orman Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On this afternoon's show from 13:00, I'm asking when is the right age to start giving people debt advice?

    A study just out from Cambridge University says aged seven.

    Get in touch and let me know what you think - On Facebook and Twitter.

     
  33.  
    News headlines 11:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00:

     
  34.  
    Demolition invite U-turn 11:45: Oxford Times

    A developer's told people they're no longer invited to watch the demolition of Didcot power station cooling towers from a nearby housing estate.

     
  35.  
    Games switch-on or switch-off? 11:32: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On today's show, we're talking about the start of the Commonwealth Games.

    Will it generate the same sort of excitement as London 2012? Will you be switching on or switching off?

    Glasgow 2014

    I'll be joined by the father of a Wantage cyclist who'll be competing for Scotland.

    Get in touch - On Facebook and Twitter.

     
  36.  
    Power restored 11:22: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Power has been restored to about 2,000 properties in Witney following earlier disruption.

    A fault in a switch which had tripped at a sub-station caused the 40-minute outage, according to Southern Electric.

     
  37.  
    Down joins Welsh 11:11:

    London Welsh have confirmed the signing of second row James Down from Cardiff Blues.

    James Down

    The 26-year-old becomes London Welsh's 24th new signing since the club secured promotion back to the premiership.

     
  38.  
    News headlines 10:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00 include:

     
  39.  
    Drunk students claim 10:50: Oxford Times

    Large groups of foreign language students have turned a local park into a hub of anti-social behaviour and vandalism, residents have claimed.

     
  40.  
    Witney power cuts 10:40:

    Southern Electric tweets: Apologies to those affected by the #Powercut in #Witney engineers working to restore power & further updates due at 11:00 if power still off

     
  41.  
    Find your game 10:32: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Which Commonwealth Games sport are you made for?

    Perfect for a quick game of rugby sevens or more suited to an afternoon of lawn bowls?

    Commonwealth Games sports icons

    I got netball, badminton and hockey in this quick, interactive test on the BBC website.

    Get in touch and tell us how you got on - on Facebook and Twitter.

     
  42.  
    School bus reinstated 10:22: Oxford Mail

    Campaigners in west Oxfordshire say they've have gained a partial victory after an appeal overturned plans to end a free school bus service.

     
  43.  
    U's need strikers 10:11: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United boss Michael Appleton says the departure of Dave Kitson has put more pressure on the club to recruit attacking players ahead of the new campaign.

    Michael Appleton

    The U's confirmed Kitson had retired yesterday, leaving Danny Hylton as the only senior striker in the squad.

    Appleton says while Kitson will be a loss, it's important they move on quickly.

     
  44.  
    News headlines 09:59: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00:

     
  45.  
    Cowley Road arrests 09:46: Oxford Mail

    Three people were arrested after a brawl on Cowley Road on Tuesday evening.

     
  46.  
    Oxford graduate injured 09:37:

    A former Oxford student, now living in Gaza, is fighting for his life after his house was destroyed in a bomb attack which killed his wife and two young sons on Sunday.

    Hassan Hallaq

    Hassan Hallaq lived with his family in the city while he studied for a business course at Oxford Brookes.

    They returned to the Middle East last year.

     
  47.  
    Watch again 09:27: BBC South Today

    If you missed last night's special edition of BBC South Today with Victoria Cook, you can watch it again on the iPlayer.

    Victoria Cook big screen

    The programme included full reaction to the conviction of Fiaz Munshi for her part in the deaths of two children in a house fire on Oxford in 1997.

     
  48.  
    Sentencing moved 09:14: Peter Cooke Reporter, BBC South Today

    A woman convicted for her part in the death of two children in an Oxford house fire in 1997 will now be sentenced on Friday.

    Fiaz Munshi

    Fiaz Munshi, 38, from Oldham, was yesterday found guilty of two counts of manslaughter following a seven-week trial at Oxford Crown Court.

    She was originally due to be sentenced on Thursday.

     
  49.  
    as it happened
    • News, sport, travel, weather for Wed 23 July
    • More updates from 08:00 on Thursday
    • Listen to BBC Radio Oxford
     
  50.  
    News headlines 08:59: Danny Cox Newsreader, BBC Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 09:00:

     
  51.  
    Barn fire out 08:46:

    A barn fire near Thame has been brought under control after starting on Monday.

    Four fire appliances and a water carrier were involved in tackling the blaze.

    Thame barn fire

    Damping down at Abbey Farm in North Weston involved using hay, farm machinery and about 20 tonnes of manure. One appliance remains on the scene this morning as a precaution.

     
  52.  
    Table manners 08:34: David Prever Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the breakfast show this morning, we've been discussing table manners and etiquette.

    David's poor table manners

    Why is it important to take your elbows off the table? Is it wrong to tip your soup or cereal bowl?

    Join in the conversation - on Facebook and Twitter - and let me know what are the table manners or rules of etiquette that matter to you.

     
  53.  
    Morning travel 08:21: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Good morning, any travel updates across the county, please give me a ring please 03459 311 666.

    Diversions are in place on the A420 around Shrivenham. Traffic from Oxford to Swindon should travel westbound via the A417 east, the A4185 south, the A34 and the M4.

    Eastbound is the same route.

     
  54.  
    More warmth to come 08:10: Holly Green BBC Weather

    Today's continuing to bring plenty of very warm and very humid conditions.

    Holly Green Wednesday weather

    We'll see good long spells of sunshine, but also the chance of one or two isolated showers.

    A high across the county of 27C (80F).

     
  55.  
    Good morning 08:00: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome along to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Wednesday morning.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

    Get in touch and tell us how your weekend was - on email, Facebook or Twitter.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.