Bicester: One dead after tanker crash

A VAN driver has died following a crash on the M40 involving a gas tanker.

At around 6.15am today, Monday, February 7 the emergency services were called to the three vehicle crash on the southbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions nine and 10.

The crash involved a large road tanker carrying a mixed load of flammable gasses which was hit from behind by a Luton Box Van which in turn was hit from behind by a second van.

All three lanes of the southbound carriageway were closed while rescue work was carried out.

Station manager Chris Wilson, the fire officer in charge, said the tanker received substantial damage to its external framework but none of the gas had leaked.

He added: “We were able to access the driver of the first vehicle quickly to stabilise him and the van, to enable us to commence our rescue operations.

“Unfortunately the driver of the second van was too severely injured and did not survive the crash.”

Fire crews from Bicester and Kidlington worked for around an hour on the first van to cut the driver free while he was also being treated by paramedics. He was later transferred to hospital by ambulance but his injuries were not considered life threatening.

A second casualty was also released from his vehicle and taken to hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the tanker was unhurt but shaken up by the event.

Police were on the scene to begin investigating the cause of the crash, and accident investigators remained in attendance to conduct further examinations.

Two lanes of the motorway will remain closed for some time.