Police name elderly couple killed after driving caravan wrong way along M40

Sophie Williams
Large queues formed on the M40 following the incident on Monday: Adam Lister

Police have named an elderly couple killed after their car, towing a caravan, travelled the wrong way down the M40.

The Subaru Forester was seen towing a caravan in the wrong direction on the northbound carriageway on October 15.

The vehicle collided with a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus, killing John Norton, 80, and Olive Howard, 87, along with the Mondeo driver, Stuart Richards, 32.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “The driver and a passenger of the Subaru died.

"They have been formally identified as John Norton, aged 80, and Olive Howard, aged 87, both from High Wycombe."

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.

Stuart Richards was killed in the crash (PA)

Shocking video footage captured the car hurtling the wrong way through traffic between sections six and eight on the motorway.

West Oxfordshire councillor Colin Dingwall told the Oxford Mail he was driving on the motorway at the time, and managed to get out of the driver's way.

Mr Dinwall said: "I've seen a lot of things in my 50 years on the road, but I've never seen a caravan coming the wrong way up the M40.

“Luckily I and the cars near me managed to pull into the middle lane and get out of the way.

“He must have been going about 60mph."

Additional reporting by PA.