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M40 fatal crash: Robert Pilott of Woking named as victim

Some of the cars involved in the M40 crash in Oxfordshire
Image caption Police said it was a "serious blessing" more people were not killed in the crash

An inquest has been opened and adjourned in to the death of Robert Pilott, who died in a crash on the M40.

The 64-year-old man from Woking, Surrey, died on the M40 following the collision between junctions 9 and 10 at 07:45 GMT on Saturday.

A full inquest is to be held at a later date at Oxford Coroners' Court.

More than 30 cars were involved in the incident, which Thames Valley Police are investigating. Fog is thought to have played a part in the accident.

The motorway was closed northbound for more than eight hours on Saturday morning.

Ch Insp Henry Parsons said fog had "played a major part" in what he described as an "extraordinarily large" collision.

Four people are still in hospital in a stable condition, police said.

Six people were seriously injured and 55 had minor injuries.

Kerry Blair, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's incident commander, said: "It was a series of accidents in the same place at the same time."

Image caption Police, the ambulance service and the fire service were called to the scene
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Media captionThe road was closed for eight hours
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Image caption South Central Ambulance Service said it was foggy at the time of the crash

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