At least one person is understood to have died in a motorway pile-up involving 30 cars on the M40, on the same day that three men were killed when a coach collided with a stationary car on the northbound M1.
Fire crews, police and air and road ambulances rushed to the M40 between junctions 9 and 10, near Bicester in
Oxfordshire, just before 7.50am after dozens of vehicles were involved in a crash.
A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they are currently assessing more than 30 patients.
The motorway has been closed northbound between the junctions, while a couple of southbound lanes are shut along the same stretch.
Stuck northbound on M40! pic.twitter.com/7QIm2MYfdu— zara (@zarascakes) February 14, 2015
An ambulance spokeswoman said it is too early to know the nature and severity of the injuries suffered by drivers. She said: "It is quite a major collision. We were called at 7.48am to reports of a multiple road traffic collision on the M40, junctions 9 to 10 northbound. I understand that there are about 30 vehicles involved. We are currently assessing in excess of 30 patients.
"We have a lot of resources on the scene - ambulances, our helicopter ambulance, rapid response vehicles, our doctor and our hazardous area response team. Fire and police are also at the scene."
Thames Valley Roads Policing said on Twitter:
M40 J9-10 North closed due to multiple RTC's. Avoid the area. All Emergency services responding to incidents. Updates will follow Sgt 498.— TVP Roads Policing (@tvprp) February 14, 2015
The M40 is currently closed northbound between J9s and J10 due to a multiple vehicle collision. Please find an alternative route #C2588— TVP Roads Policing (@tvprp) February 14, 2015
M40 Northbound J9will be closed for a number of hours following a fatal collision. Officers are working to relieve the traffic stuck n/bound— TVP Roads Policing (@tvprp) February 14, 2015
Heavy traffic congestion expected around J9 M40 and A34 at J9 Bicester. Avoid the area. Seek alternative route. Sgt 498— TVP Roads Policing (@tvprp) February 14, 2015
A Highways Agency spokesman said all lanes north along the stretch are closed and may remain shut for several hours as police investigate the crash. A couple of lanes south are also closed.
Motorists have also been advised to avoid a stretch of the M1 after a serious crash involving a coach and a car.
Bedfordshire Police said the collision on the northbound carriageway of the motorway between junctions 12 and 13, near Flitwick, at around 6.45am had resulted in a number of serious injuries.
In a statement, the force said: "The northbound carriageway only has been closed for a full collision investigation and diversions are being established. Motorists are advised that these diversions are likely to be in place for most of the day."