Update: Long delays on M40 both ways due to coach fire

The Oxford Times: The fire, taken by reader Oliver Jobson The fire, taken by reader Oliver Jobson

THERE are still long delays on the M40 this morning after the motorway was closed when a coach caught fire.

No one was injured when the vehicle caught fire as it travelled north. Smoke billowed across to the southbound carriageway, closing the motorway both ways between junction 8a for Oxford and junction 7 for Watlington.

The fire was believed to be caused by a mechanical fault. This image of the fire was taken by reader Oliver Jobson, who said: "You couldn't tell (what coach company it belonged to. It was completely gutted and engulfed in flame."

The southbound carriageway re-opened at 7.10am and the northbound 25 minutes later but there are still significant delays both ways.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at 5.58am and sent three fire engines to the scene, which was just north of junction six.

There was only a driver on board the coach and no other vehicle was involved.

A spokeswoman said: “One coach was severely damaged by fire but no one was hurt.”

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1:51pm Mon 7 Apr 14

The racer says...

I trust, given the OM and readers' usual sanctimonious attitude to road 'safety', that we will be reporting Oliver to TVP, as it looks very much as if he was moving when this picture was taken.
I trust, given the OM and readers' usual sanctimonious attitude to road 'safety', that we will be reporting Oliver to TVP, as it looks very much as if he was moving when this picture was taken. The racer
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3:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The racer wrote:
I trust, given the OM and readers' usual sanctimonious attitude to road 'safety', that we will be reporting Oliver to TVP, as it looks very much as if he was moving when this picture was taken.
So many unanswered questions...

Was he the passenger and leant forward to take the pic?
Was the car left hand drive?
Was it taken on a camera or camera phone?
Was it a still from a digital car safety camera?
Was the car stationary?
[quote][p][bold]The racer[/bold] wrote: I trust, given the OM and readers' usual sanctimonious attitude to road 'safety', that we will be reporting Oliver to TVP, as it looks very much as if he was moving when this picture was taken.[/p][/quote]So many unanswered questions... Was he the passenger and leant forward to take the pic? Was the car left hand drive? Was it taken on a camera or camera phone? Was it a still from a digital car safety camera? Was the car stationary? Andrew:Oxford
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