Four injured in roadworks smash

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DRIVERS are being warned to take extra care after three people suffered serious injuries in an accident on the A41 on Saturday night.

At 9.45pm, fire crews from Bicester and a specialist rescue vehicle from Kidlington were called to the A41 following a report that four people were trapped in the burning wreckage of a car.

On arrival, they found a grey Audi Quattro had gone over the new roundabout being built as part of the Kingsmere development, and had come to rest on its roof on the opposite side of the road.

One person had managed to escape from the flattened wreckage, which fortunately was not on fire, but three others were still trapped.

Paramedics and a doctor were called in to assess the condition of those trapped inside while firefighters used hydraulic cutting gear to free them.

Group manager Stuart Garner, of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This was a concerted team effort by all services present who worked in difficult conditions to stabilise the incident and release the injured people.

“The force of the impact had caused significant deformity to the vehicle, creating very limited space in which to work, but through a team approach the casualties were quickly removed and able to receive further specialist medical care.”

He added in a plea to all drivers: “Take heed of all warning signs which are provided to aid your safety, particularly those relating to maximum speed limits, be alert for hazards which may lie ahead, reduce your speed and drive to the conditions presented.”

The four occupants of the car, who were all male and from outside the local area, were taken to the JR2 Hospital. Three had what were described as “life-changing” injuries, while a fourth man had less-serious injuries.

Roadworks linked to the new Kingsmere development began on March 9, and were due to continue for five months.

A 40mph speed limit is likely to be in force for a further 14 months on the southbound and northbound A41 while works continue. Work will include the creation of a roundabout and a new junction with traffic signals.

Collision investigators remained at the scene to determine the cause of the crash. On Wednesday, a Thames Valley Police spokesman said officers were still waiting to interview the car’s occupants to determine who the driver was.