Coventry & Warwickshire

Lorry crash traps car and shuts M40 in Warwickshire

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Media captionThe hard shoulder was in use to clear a backlog of traffic

A lorry partially overturned when it crashed through the central reservation on the M40, trapping a car beneath it.

Stationary traffic built up southbound between junction 16 and junction 15, for Warwick, after the crash involving a number of cars at about 07:45 GMT.

The lorry blocked the southbound section. No-one was seriously injured.

It has been removed and the motorway was fully opened after barrier repair work on Wednesday night.

The lorry had been heading north before it went through the barrier and hit a car travelling in the opposite direction.

Image caption The barrier was badly damaged in the crash

Garage owner Ben Dix, 39, from Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, went past the scene on the northbound carriageway with a colleague.

He said: "We were stuck for about 30 minutes.

"It was queuing [southbound] right the way to within about half a mile to a mile from the M42 junction. It was bad for people. I just felt sorry for them.

"At that time of day they've got places to go to."

The crash caused heavy traffic to build up on the M40 throughout most of Wednesday and drivers were urged to avoid the area if possible.

Police said the clear-up took longer because the lorry had been carrying a full load and there was a lot of debris on the road.

All lanes are now open and the Highways Agency said delays had quickly cleared.

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