Appeal for witnesses after fatal collision on M40

Mon 26 Jan, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M40 yesterday (Sunday 25 January).

At about 7.15pm, a silver BMW convertible crossed from the southbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 4 onto the northbound carriageway. It collided with a black Renault Clio and both vehicles caught fire.

The driver of the Clio, a man believed to be in his sixties, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Clio, a woman, was taken to hospital but later died.

No formal identification has yet taken place and Thames Valley Police are working to establish the next of kin.

Firefighters from High Wycombe, Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross were among the emergency services at the scene. The motorway was closed in both directions for more than four hours.

A 32-year-old man from Ealing, London, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs. He has been released on bail until 11 February.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles before the incident is asked to contact PC Matt Diduca from Amersham Roads Policing on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at