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Passengers relive M40 Oxford Tube coach crash

  • 4 November 2011
  • From the section Oxford

A passenger of a coach which overturned on the M40 in Oxfordshire has described the moment of the crash.

Seventeen people were taken to hospital after the Oxford Tube coach rolled on a sliproad at junction 7 of the motorway at Great Milton in December 2010.

Jurors were shown on board footage of the moment the driver lost control. Passengers can be heard screaming.

Appearing at Oxford Crown Court, Mark Woodward, 58, of Beaumaris Close, Banbury, denies dangerous driving.

Christine McGibbon said: "I remember thinking 'Jesus, we're not going to make it'. We crashed and I was left dangling in my seat, held in in my seatbelt."

'Experienced driver'

The double-decker coach carrying 32 passengers had been travelling from London to Oxford on Saturday 11 December.

It left the road shortly before 23:00 GMT, crashed through a barrier and rolled on its side down an embankment.

The coach had been due to leave the motorway at junction 8 for Oxford but junction 7 had a much sharper bend.

The court heard that Mr Woodward had not been breaking the speed limit but had left the motorway at the wrong junction.

He said he was an experienced coach driver an had never been involved in a crash before.

The case continues.

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