Two men injured in crash that left M40 closed for hours

West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to the 999 calls to report the crash between a motorbiker and a van
Two men were taken to hospital after the crash on the M40 in Warwickshire -Credit:West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has been seriously injured in a crash on the M40 in the early hours of this morning. The northbound carriageway through parts of Warwickshire is still closed as accident investigators examine the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance has confirmed that two men were injured in the crash, one seriously. He received advance life support at the scene. The man was a passenger in a van that was involved in the crash along with a lorry.

The driver of the van was also injured although paramedics said his condition was not believed to be serious. Both men were taken to hospital in Coventry for treatment.

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Police said it's believed the van, a white Ford, went into the back of the lorry. The driver and passenger had to be cut out of the vehicle by firefighters after becoming trapped.

The crash happened just before 3am between Junction 12 and Junction 13 of the northbound carriageway of the M40. At the time of writing the northbound carriageway between Junction 12 for Gaydon and Junction 14 for Leamington Spa was still closed. You can follow the latest on this incident in our live blog here.

Ambulance statement in full

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called to reports of a collision involving a van and a lorry, between junctions 12 and 13 of the northbound M40 at 2.52am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

"On arrival we discovered two patients, both men who were from the van. The passenger was found to be in a serious condition and received advanced life support at the scene. The driver was treated for injuries not believed to be serious. Both men were then taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire."

What have police said?

A spokesman for Warwickshire Police added: "At just before 3am this morning (8 May), police were called to a road traffic collision on the M40 Northbound between junctions 12 and 14.

"A white Ford has reportedly collided with the back of a lorry, leading to significant damage to the vehicle. Following the reported collision, the driver and passenger of the Ford have become trapped and required the assistance of fire and ambulance services to free them and treat injuries.

"The Ford driver and passenger have now been taken to hospital. The road has been closed while the incident is being dealt with."

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