Warwickshire collision shuts nine miles of M40 motorway

Van pic M40 crash The driver suffered a serious injury to his neck following the crash in Warwickshire, M40 southbound

A crash forced the closure of up to nine miles of the M40 motorway in Warwickshire.

One man suffered a serious neck injury in a crash involving a van and a lorry, at about 05:00 GMT.

An ambulance service spokesman said the lorry jack-knifed near Warwick, on the southbound carriageway.

The Highways Agency said it closed about 14km of the southbound carriageway, between junctions 15 and 12, for about six hours.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added: "The HGV driver was shaken but otherwise unhurt. The van driver, who was in his mid 40s, had suffered a serious injury to his neck as well as pain in his back and abdomen.

"He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment."

Highways Agency Operations Manager Martin Stott said it was a "serious incident" that had affected rush hour traffic. The motorway re-opened shortly after 11:30.

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