- Police and paramedics called to northbound stretch of the M40 near Banbury
- The crash took place between junctions 10 and 11 just before 11.40pm last night
- A driver who was passing the scene said he could see 30 emergency vehicles
Published: 01:37 BST, 24 December 2017 | Updated: 10:44 BST, 24 December 2017
At least six people were injured following a 'multi-vehicle' crash on a motorway last night.
Police and paramedics were called to the M40 northbound in Oxfordshire, between junctions 10 and 11, at just before 11.40pm on Saturday.
South Central Ambulance Service said five crews were on scene and six patients were being treated.
A driver who passed the scene said he could see about 30 emergency vehicles at the incident near Cherwell Valley services near Banbury in Oxfordshire.
Pictured: Motorists stuck in traffic on the M40 this morning after a six-car pile up on the M40
The road was shut for a number of hours but Highways England confirmed this morning that both carriageways were 'fully open' following the 'serious incident'.
Thames Valley Police said last night: 'The northbound carriageway of the M40 between junction 10 and junction 11 is currently closed after a multi-vehicle RTC.
'We would advise motorists to avoid the area at this time while emergency services are at the scene.
'The road is expected to be closed for a number of hours so please find alternative routes.'
A driver who passed the scene said he could see about 30 emergency vehicles at the incident near Cherwell Valley services.
Sue Jaiteh took to Facebook to warn people about the incident. She wrote: 'Really bad accident on the M40 northbound just before the Banbury junction - we are near the accident and have been told it will be 45 minutes before it's cleared.
'We've seen at least three fire engines, three ambulances and police go up the hard shoulder, so not looking at all good.'
Opera star Russell Watson tweeted that he was caught up in the traffic jam. He said: 'Sat in traffic yards away from an horrific accident on the M40. Officer has just told us their are fatalities and many people injured. So very sad.'