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Woman dies after 20-vehicle pile-up on busy Oxfordshire road

By Jack Hardy

A woman has died following a pile-up involving around 20 vehicles on a major road.

The A40 was forced to close in both directions following the multi-vehicle crash, which stretched for more than half-a-mile on the A40 near Witney in Oxfordshire, the Ambulance Service said.

The female driver was declared dead at the scene, while two people were taken to the major trauma unit at the nearby John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

One of the patients, a woman, was fighting for her life, South Central Ambulance Service said.

A further 10 to 15 casualties were treated at the scene following several collisions at around 8.25am. Two people with minor injuries were taken to hospital.

Six vehicles were said to be badly damaged, while a further 10 to 15 were also involved, with the most serious injuries happening in the middle of the pile-up.

The incident is likely to have caused major disruption for many people travelling across the country following the Christmas break, as the road connects London to Wales.

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