A LORRY driver has died after a motorway crash with two other HGVs.
Emergency services were called to the M40 between junction 15 in Warwick and 16 at Henley at around 4am this morning (Friday September 28).
Three lorries crashed on the northbound side of the road. Two of the lorries were on fire when emergency services arrived.
A man – believed to be in his 40s – died at the scene. His next of kin has been informed but formal identification is yet to take place.
A second man – thought to be in his 60s – was taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Around an hour before the crash on the northbound side, a lorry fire had broken out on the southbound side of the road.
The stretch of the M40 is expected to remain closed in both directions throughout the afternoon.
Some 11 fire engines were called to the M40 throughout the morning.
Fire service group commander Neil McElvenny said: “We were called to a large goods vehicle fire involving pallets on the southbound carriageway just after 2.40 this morning. Crews were quickly in attendance to deal with the fire. While at the incident, a call came in to inform us of a second incident on the northbound carriageway involving three lorries, two of which caught fire.
“Due to the severity of the incident, all lanes were closed while emergency services dealt with the scene.
“These incidents have caused significant disruption for many, but we are working closely with Warwickshire Police and the Highways Agency and our priority is to make the area safe and open the M40 again as soon as possible.
“The clean-up and inconvenience for some locals, commuters and other motorists will continue for a while yet. I’d like to thank people for their continued patience.”