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Three DEAD after 4x4 'with foreign plates' and towing a caravan drives the WRONG WAY along M40 for up to five miles before crashing head-on into motorist


Three people have died after a car towing a caravan in the wrong direction on a motorway crashed into two oncoming cars.
The collision happened on the M40 in south Oxfordshire on Monday afternoon.
Shortly before 4pm, police received reports a Subaru Forester towing a caravan was travelling in the wrong direction on the northbound carriageway of the motorway.
The vehicle was subsequently in collision with two other cars, a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus.
The driver and a passenger of the Subaru, both aged in their eighties, and the driver of the Ford Mondeo, a man in his thirties, died.
Social media dashcam footage showed drivers desperately trying to avoid the car as it sped towards them with no attempt to slow down or to pull into the central reservation.
Dramatic footage shows motorists dramatically swerving out of the 4x4's path.
The out-of-control vehicle - which witnesses say had foreign licence plates - was travelling at about 60mph when it crashed, causing traffic tailbacks of up to 14 miles.
Motorist Liz Hindmarsh tweeted: "My husband had to swerve into the middle lane otherwise he’d have been hit by the caravan travelling the wrong way down the M40 in the outside (fast) lane."
It is unclear how far the car travelled down the M40 before the fatal head-on crash occurred.
Driver Oliver Hayes said: "We also had to swerve, seemed at least 70mph driving head on in our lane at junction 8. Scary stuff...hope no fatalities."
The carriageway was closed while emergency services attended and resurfacing work took place.
It re-opened this morning.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "We are investigating a fatal collision on the M40 in South Oxfordshire which happened on Monday afternoon.
"Shortly before 4pm reports were received that a Subaru Forester towing a caravan was travelling in the wrong direction on the northbound carriageway of the motorway.
"The vehicle was subsequently in collision with two other cars, a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus. The driver and a passenger of the Subaru, both aged in their 80s, and the driver of the Ford Mondeo, a man in his 30s, all died."
Senior investigating officer, Sergeant Beth Walton, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are in the early stages of the investigation, in which sadly three people died and our thoughts are with their families.
"We are in the process of contacting witnesses who provided a report to us and are grateful for their support."
Post mortem examinations are to be carried out on the three bodies which were taken to hospital mortuaries.
The Buckinghamshire coroner is expected to open and adjourn inquests later in the week.

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