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Miracle escape for woman after car crashes into lorry and bursts into flames

A woman managed to escape major injury after her car collided with a lorry and burst into flames. It is the third crash in less than a week on the same stretch of the M40 between junctions 12 and 13.[1] The 24-year-old woman was taken to hospital with just back pain after her car collided with a lorry and became engulfed in flames just after 11.30am this morning.

Motorists were caught in tailbacks which stretched from junction 12 at Gaydon to junction 14 at Barford – around ten miles.

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All lanes on the southbound side of the carriageway were blocked for more than two hours, while the entire M40 was closed briefly while firefighters dealt with the fire.[2] West Midlands Ambulance Service described the woman as “walking wounded”. A spokesman said: “We have sent one ambulance and a paramedic support officer to the scene.

“We were called at 11.35am to reports of a collision between a car and a lorry. “The caller also said the car was on fire. “The woman was a walking wounded, but the 24-year-old was taken to Warwick Hospital[3] for back pain.”

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue said they had two crews tackling the fire.

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People were stuck in traffic for more than an hour and a half after the crash happened, and even bus routes within Leamington and Warwick were being delayed because of people diverting off the motorway. It wasn’t until 1.40pm – two hours after the crash happened – that Highways reopened the road. Just last Wednesday, motorists had another lucky escape when nobody was injured in a five-car pile-up[4] , and the day after, drivers faced delays for more than an hour when another lorry and car collided.

All three collisions happened on the same stretch between junctions 12 and 13 around Warwick Services.


  1. ^ M40 between junctions 12 and 13. (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  2. ^ while firefighters dealt with the fire. (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  3. ^ Warwick Hospital (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  4. ^ nobody was injured in a five-car pile-up (www.coventrytelegraph.net)

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