Elderly Driver Involved in Wrong Way M40 Crash

Elderly Driver Involved in Wrong Way M40 Crash
An Elderly motorist thought to have driven the wrong way on the M40 in Warwickshire has escaped with minor injuries after a three-car crash. West Ambulance Service said the driver, who was cut out of his vehicle by fire crews on an embankment, was taken to hospital for further assessment after the accident shortly before 6.15am.

Two other men, aged in their 40s and 50s, were given precautionary checks by paramedics called to a fog-bound stretch of the southbound M40 between Lapworth and Warwick.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that is believed to have mistakenly joined the motorway the wrong way and subsequently been in a serious collision with two other vehicles.

“The car believed to be travelling the wrong way, driven by an elderly gentleman, came to rest up a grass embankment following the crash. The man had suffered a small head laceration, further minor injuries and was shaken up.”

After being cut free, the driver received treatment at the scene and was then taken to University Hospital in Coventry.

The spokesman added: “Considering the circumstances of the crash and the damage to the vehicles, the three men are extremely lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries.”