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Crash kills three as car tows caravan wrong way on M40

Danger: Cars swerve as 4x4 heads towards them

THREE people were killed when a car towing a caravan crashed as it was being driven in the wrong direction on a busy motorway.

The Subaru Forester 4×4 was caught on camera as it headed south on the northbound carriageway of the M40.

Video footage showed motorists swerving to avoid a collision before it hit a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus.

The Subaru’s driver and a passenger — both in their 80s — died along with the Mondeo driver, in his 30s.

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Sonia Thomson, from Staffordshire, said the SUV came towards her at speed and passed ‘almost in the blink of an eye’ shortly before the crash.

‘Someone must have been looking after me because ten or 20 seconds later and that could have been me,’ said the BA flight attendant.

Ms Thomson said the crash ‘didn’t make sense’ as the Subaru driver could have pulled up on the hard shoulder if they realised they were going the wrong way. Police had been alerted to the car shortly before 4pm on Monday and the collision took place minutes later, near junction 6 in Lewknor, Oxfordshire.

Witnesses who saw the Subaru posted online. Liz Hindmarsh tweeted: ‘My husband had to swerve into the middle lane otherwise he’d have been hit.’ Before the deaths were announced, Oliver Hayes wrote: ‘We also had to swerve, seemed at least 70mph driving head-on in our lane at junction 8, did not look accidental.

‘Called the police who said they’d had multiple calls by that time. Scary stuff, hope no fatalities but looked inevitable the way they were driving.’

Sgt Beth Walton, from the serious collision investigation unit of Thames Valley Police, 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.’