Van driver killed in M40 Watlington crash

A motorist has died when his van was in collision with an HGV on the M40 in Oxfordshire.

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway between junction 6 at Watlington and 5 at Stokenchurch shortly before 19:00 BST on Wednesday.

Police said the van driver who died at the scene was a 39-year-old man from Merseyside.

Officers have appealed for any witnesses who saw the crash or the vehicles travelling beforehand.

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