One dead after M40 lorry crash

The scene on the M40 near Henley-n-Arden in the early hours of this morning. Photo: Warwickshire Police

ONE person has died after a crash involving three lorries on a motorway.

The incident happened on the northbound M40 between Junctions 15-16 at about 4.15am this morning (Friday).

Three ambulances and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff attended two lorries that were on fire.  A third lorry was just in front of them.

“Unfortunately, the driver of one lorry died at the scene.

“The driver of a second lorry, a man in his 60s, was treated at the scene for a medical condition and was taken to Warwick hospital.

“The third driver was uninjured.

The motorway was shut until 6pm and police are appealing for information in relation to the crash.

Previously, firefighters joined other emergency service teams as part of today’s major operation after a single lorry caught fire on the M40 southbound earlier this morning.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue said: “At around 2.49am today (Friday, 28th September) we started to receive 999 calls reporting a lorry on fire between junction 15 and 16, Henley-in-Arden and Warwick.

Three fire engines and a senior fire officer were sent to the incident.

At 4.12am, three HGV lorries were involved in a collision on the northbound carriageway and subsequently caught fire.

In total 11 fire engines attended including specialist fire support units which are used at large-scale emergencies.”

Group commander Neil McElvenny said: “We were called to a large goods vehicle fire involving pallets on the southbound carriageway just after 2.40 this morning. Crews were quickly in attendance to deal with the fire. While at the incident, a call came in to inform us of a second incident on the northbound carriageway involving three lorries, two of which caught fire.  Due to the severity of the incident, all lanes were closed whilst the emergency services dealt with the scene.

“These incidents have caused significant disruption for many, but we are working closely with Warwickshire Police and the Highways Agency and our priority is to make the area safe and open the M40 again as soon as possible.

“The clean-up and inconvenience for some locals, commuters and other motorists will continue for a while yet. I’d like to thank people for their continued patience.”

Meanwhile police remain at the scene of the incidents this morning.

Police were called shortly after 4am to reports of a collision on the northbound side of the carriageway between junctions 15 (Warwick) and 16 (Henley). It is thought to have involved three lorries.

Emergency services and fire crews are also on the scene.

The road is expected to be closed for the majority of the morning while the southbound stretch of the M40 from junctions 15 to 16 is also closed at this time due to a separate lorry fire.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area completely and follow diversions put in place by Highways England here: