Police name occupants of car killed in wrong-way motorway crash

Police have named the occupants of a car which towed a caravan the wrong way on the M40 motorway, leading to a crash in which a former soldier was also killed.

Thames Valley Police were alerted to a Subaru Forester towing a caravan travelling in the wrong direction on the northbound carriageway of the M40 just before 4pm on October 15.

A short while later, the vehicle was involved in a collision with a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus near junction six in Lewknor, Oxfordshire.

The driver and a passenger of the Subaru, both in their 80s, died, as well as the Mondeo driver, Stuart Richards, from Stockport, Cheshire.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “The driver and a passenger of the Subaru died.

“They have been formally identified as John Norton, aged 80, and Olive Howard, aged 87, both from High Wycombe.”

Mr Richards, 32, served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers and, after leaving the service in 2016, he most recently worked as a health and safety inspector.

He was also a member of Veterans For Peace, which has invited fellow members to attend his funeral in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on November 2.

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