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M40 collision claims the lives of two men

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M40 (Northbound) between Beaconsfield and Loudwater. (Archive picture)

A collision on the M40 claimed the lives to two men on Wednesday 29th March 2017.

The collision occurred just before 3.45pm between Junction 3 (Loudwater) and Junction 4 (Handy Cross) on the Northbound carriageway of the M40 when a silver Renault Traffic came off the carriageway on the nearside and hit trees.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 3.43pm. One fire appliance with crew attended from Gerrards Cross fire station as well as one from Beaconsfield fire station. Two officers also attended.

The police and ambulance service attended together with an air ambulance.

A 22 year old man from Warwickshire, who was the driver of the van, and a 31 year old man who was the rear seat passenger, also from Warwickshire, were both declared dead at the scene. Their next of kin have been informed.

Two passengers in the van, both men, were taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Following the collision the carriageway was closed for more than two hours while the emergency services dealt with the incident. Two lanes were reopened at around 6.00pm.

Investigating officer PC Richard Martin of Roads Policing said: ‘Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two men who died today.

At this stage we do not believe there was another vehicle involved. However we are very keen to hear from anyone who saw the silver van prior to the collision or witnessed the collision itself. Anyone who has information and has not yet contacted police is asked to call 101 quoting URN 982 29/3.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone who may have information relating to the incident to please call 101 quoting reference ‘982 (29/3)’, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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