Warwick man one of two dead in M40 crash

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The M40 crash on Saturday night claimed two lives.(Photo: Bicester Fire Station)

A WARWICK man is one of two men who died in a multi-vehicle crash on the M40 on Saturday night.

No details have been released about the Warwick man other than he was aged 29. The other deceased person is believed to be Oxford University lecturer Dr Mark Whittow, aged 60, from Oxfordshire.

The crash involved five vehicles and happened between junctions 10 and 11, near Banbury, at 23.40 GMT on Saturday.

Thames Valley Police said the victims’ next-of-kin had been informed.

Another man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries, and three people were treated for minor injuries.

A statement by Thames Valley Police reads: “Thames Valley Police officers were called to a multi vehicle road traffic collision on the northbound carriageway of the M40 just before midnight on Saturday, 23rd December. It is believed that five vehicles were involved in the collision.

Officers attended the scene along with the ambulance service, fire service and Highways England.

Two men, a 60-year-old man from Oxfordshire and a 29-year-old man from Warwickshire, have sadly died as a result of the collision. One man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries and three others were treated for minor injuries.

We are still appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to officers to please contact us. We are specifically appealing to anyone who may have dashcam footage who was travelling in the area at the time of the collision. Anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1669 (23/12).”