No deaths "remarkable" in M40 bus crash

By Steve Hayes 12/06 Updated: 12/06 08:13

AMBULANCE chiefs say it was "remarkable" no one was killed after 16 people were injured when a minibus overturned on the M40.

It happened on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border near Gaydon between junctions 11 and 12 on the motorway, at around 3.30pm on Saturday (June 9). No other vehicle was involved, and the cause of the crash is being investigated.

Ambulance crews rushed to the scene to find the minibus on its side and all occupants out of the For Transit minibus..

None of those onboard had life-threatening injuries and only two were seriously injured.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: "With a large number of ambulance personnel working as a team at the scene, the casualties were quickly assessed their injuries. Fortunately, no-one had life threatening injuries but all required treatment by crews.

"Given the number of patients involved and the nature of the incident, it was remarkable that no one was more seriously or even fatally injured."

Of the 16, the most severely injured were two men. One suffered a fractured arm, the other had back pain and both sustained deep cuts to their arms. Both were treated at the scene before being taken to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

Two patients were taken to the same hospital - a man with pelvic, abdominal and back pain and another with a chest injury.

Seven other patients were transported to various hospitals, all complaining of back pain or injuries to shoulders. A further five patients suffered minor injuries and were taken to Warwick Hospital to be checked over as a precaution.

The motorway was shut for 30 minutes following the crash.

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