Three children and woman die in horror crash

Multiple death crash scene
Multiple death crash scene

A woman and three children have died in a rush hour pile-up involving four HGVs and four cars

A 45-year-old woman, 11-year-old boy, 11-year-old girl and 13-year old boy, all from Bedfordshire, died in the collision, which closed a section of the A34 in Berkshire for several hours yesterday. They are believed to have been travelling in the same car.

A 30-year-old man from Andover has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed until October 5, Thames Valley Police said.

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Officers were called to a report of a collision on the northbound carriageway of the A34 between the East Ilsley and West Ilsley junctions shortly after 5.10pm.

A man with life-threatening injuries was flown by air ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he remains, while a man and teenage boy with minor injuries were taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and have since been discharged.

Nine other people who were slightly hurt were treated at the scene following the accident.

The northbound carriageway, between Chieveley at junction 13 of the M4 and between the West Ilsley junction was closed until 6.30am on Thursday.

Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, head of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, said: "Our thoughts are with anyone affected by this tragedy.

"Can I ask anyone who witnessed the collision, including anyone travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw anything they believe is significant, to contact police."

Anyone with information is asked to call Thames Valley Police inquiry centre on 101 quoting reference 1109 10/8.

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood today expressed his shock following the fatal crash, posting on Twitter: "A truly awful accident on the A34 yesterday - my thoughts are with those affected by this tragic event."