Rush Hour Carnage on A40 in Oxfordshire

A Woman has been killed on the A40 this morning as a series of ‘very serious’ crashes in icy, foggy conditions led to devastation this morning.

The road is currently closed both ways between Witney and Burford Road due to investigation work, and is expected to remain shut for most of the day.

Motorists involved in the crash have decribed to the Oxford Mail the ‘destruction’ at the scene, with one decribing cars flying past him as more and more vehicles became involved

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Thames Valley Police spokesman Jack Abell confirmed shortly before 10.30am that a woman had been killed in the incident.

In a lunchtime update, the force said the road remains closed but officers are working to re-open the Westbound carriageway.

The Eastbound carriageway will stay shut while investigations are carried out. All vehicles which were not involved have now been released.

South Central Ambulance Service spokesman David Gallagher said several people had also been seriously injured.

At 9.56am he said: “We’re dealing with two patients, one female and one male, with serious/life-threatening injuries who will be going to the John Radcliffe Hospital Major Trauma Unit.

“We have a further 10 to 15 patients with minor injuries currently being assessed by our staff at the scene.”

The incident stretches over about 1km of road. Within that are six vehicles with ‘significant’ damage and 10 to 15 with minor damage.

Mr Gallagher added: “There are two main collision areas – one at the front of that 1000m stretch and a more serious one around the halfway mark.

“The road conditions are reported as being very icy by our staff at the scene.”

Three ambulances, three rapid response vehicles, two officers and the air ambulance car are in attendance after an initial call made at 8.22am.

Driver Ben Starkey said a crash had taken place just ahead of him and he was one of the first lorries to be involved.

He said: “There were two vehicles facing me and on further inspection I could see two cars had gone into the back of each other.

“There was a vehicle screwed up with dents all over and a lady on the floor in a serious condition. There was further destruction behind me.”

Mr Starkey, who said he could see about 10 smashed-up vehicles in front of him and six or seven behind, said he had seen one woman being given CPR on the scene. He added: “It was terrible.”