Coventry & Warwickshire

M40 crash: Man seriously injured in southbound accident

4x4 following accident on M40
Image caption The driver of the 4x4 vehicle was taken to hospital by air ambulance

A man has been seriously injured in an accident on the M40 that closed the southbound carriageway near the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border.

The crash involved two vehicles and happened at about 12:15 BST between junctions 12 and 11 near Banbury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said a 4x4 with a trailer had overturned and a second vehicle was also involved.

It added the driver of the 4x4, a man in his 60s, was flown to hospital with leg and pelvic injuries.

Martyn Scott, from the ambulance service, said a couple, another man and woman, also believed to be in their 60s, who were in the other vehicle were taken to Horton General Hospital in Banbury with minor injuries.

'Trapped for an hour'

Mr Scott said: "Ambulance crews arrived to find a 4x4 vehicle that had overturned which was towing a trailer with agricultural equipment.

Image caption Some 11 miles of tailbacks occurred on the southbound carriageway following the crash

"The man driving the 4x4... was partially ejected from the vehicle and his leg became trapped under the vehicle that was on its side.

"He received emergency treatment at the scene by ambulance crews, including pain relief and his condition was stabilised.

"The vehicle was then lifted by the fire service using air bags and he was safely removed.

"The man was trapped for around one hour and received further treatment for his serious leg injury and a pelvic injury.

"The woman suffered chest injuries and due to her injuries the roof of the car was removed so she could be taken out as safely as possible."

The motorway has now reopened but at one stage there were delays of about an hour and a half with traffic queuing 11 miles from junction 12 back to 14.

Warwickshire Police are leading the investigation at the scene of the crash.

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