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Man arrested following fatal collision on M42 near Tamworth

Police collision investigation unit

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.

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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 37-year-old man from Birmingham , was given treatment on scene before being taken to Heartlands hospital with suspected back pain and hand injury.

The Van Driver has since been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and has since been released under investigation.

Investigations in to the cause of the collision are still on-going and the road remained closed for a number of hours following the collision.

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.

Tamworth Informed would like to pass on their thoughts to all involved in the collision, their family and friends.  Along with all that attended the scene or witness the tragic incident.


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