Couple in car that towed caravan the wrong way down a busy motorway are named

A couple who died driving the wrong way down a busy motorway while towing a caravan, also killing another driver, have been named.

The three people were killed after the car crashed into two other vehicles while travelling in the wrong direction on the M40 in Oxfordshire.

The couple in the Subaru Forester towing the caravan have been named by Thames Valley Police as John Norton, aged 80, and Olive Howard, aged 87, both from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

The crash happened last Monday just before 4pm on the northbound carriageway near junction six in Lewknor.

The crash happened on the M40 in Oxfordshire (Picture: PA)
The crash happened on the M40 in Oxfordshire (Picture: PA)

Shocking footage posted by drivers on social media showed motorists travelling in the outside lane forced to swerve out of the way to avoid colliding with the vehicle travelling towards them.


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Previously, the third victim had been named as Stuart Richards, a former soldier from Stockport, Cheshire.

Mr Richards, 32, served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers and, after leaving the service in 2016, he most recently worked as a health and safety inspector.

He was also a member of Veterans For Peace, which has invited fellow members to attend his funeral in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on November 2.

The Subaru Forester was involved in a collision with a Ford Mondeo, driven by Mr Richards, and a Ford Focus.

Sonia Thomson, from Staffordshire, was driving in the outside lane of the motorway when she realised the Subaru “was just heading towards me”.

Ms Thomson, who works as cabin crew for British Airways, said the car was “going so fast” and “it was almost past me in the blink of an eye”.

The crash happened shortly after her encounter with the car.

“Someone must have been looking after me because 10-20 seconds later and that could have been me,” she said.