Four members of a family have died and two others are fighting for their lives after a crash involving a people carrier near Oxford last night.
Three children – aged four, six and eight – and a 29-year-old woman were killed in the fatal collision on the A40 involving a silver Subaru people carrier and a white lorry.
Two other passengers in the Subaru, a 30-year-old man and an 18-month-old girl, have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, where they both remain in a critical condition.
The driver of the HGV, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.
The A40, between Oxford and Cassington, will remain closed for the rest of today.
Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of Thames Valley Police said: “We are in the very early stages of our investigation into this incredibly tragic incident that has resulted in the deaths of four people from the same family.
“The next of kin of the family have been made aware and are being supported by specially trained Family Liaison Officers.
“The thoughts of all of us at Thames Valley Police, along with our partners who have assisted at the scene or at the hospital, are with the families at this incredibly difficult time.
“I would like to also pay tribute to our officers, first responders and medical professionals, who dealt with this collision.
“Our officers and colleagues from the other emergency services were dealing with an extremely upsetting scene, and I would like to thank them for the work that they carried out overnight.”
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