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Updated: Police appeal following fatal collision on M42 motorway - Man arrested

At around 3.19am this morning (5 January) police were called to reports of a two vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the M42 between junctions 9 and 10.

The incident involved a white Mercedes van and a brown Vauxhall Meriva that had been in collision.

The driver of the Vauxhall, a man in his 70s along with the front passenger a man in his 30s, were assessed by ambulance staff after suffering minor injuries. They didn't require hospital treatment.

The two back passengers, a woman in her 60s and another in her 50s, were pronounced dead at the scene and have yet to be formally identified.

Next of kin have been informed and are being assisted by specialist officers.

The driver of the Mercedes van, a man in his 30s, was given treatment on scene before being taken to Heartlands hospital with suspected back pain and hand injury.

Investigations are still on-going.

The M42 southbound is now open at junction 9. Long delays remain on the approach from junction 10.

Warwickshire Police Inspector Gary Bridgewater said: "This was obviously a very sad incident, and the road closures are now being slowly removed while investigations take place. I know this is causing long delays for a great many motorists, so I'd like to thank everyone for their patience.

"A thorough investigation continues today into the circumstances surrounding the death and as such, we would appeal for anyone who was travelling along that stretch of motorway at the time to come forward."

"Officers are also keen to speak to anyone with dashcam footage of the incident. Any information, no matter how small, may be significant in our investigation."

Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 26 of 5 January.

Issued: 9.30am, Friday 5 January 2018, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications

Update issued: 11.46am, Friday 5 January 2018 , Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications

* The van driver, a 37-year-old man from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. and has since been released under investigation.



Published 05/01/18