Investigation into A40 fatal collision launched

An investigation into a fatal collision on the A40 involving a car and a stationary HGV is under way, with witnesses to the incident being sought.

At around 3am on 2 February, a white Skoda Octavia, travelling eastbound on the M40 where it merges with the A40 at Denham, collided with an HGV parked in a lay-by.

Thames Valley Police said the single occupant of the car, a man in his 30s, died at the scene. The lorry driver was uninjured.

Drivers were advised to take other routes while the road was closed for emergency services.

PC Julia Stroud, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: “The cause of the collision is under investigation and we would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or who saw the Skoda travelling before the incident.

“If anyone has any information please contact the police and speak to the serious collision investigation unit,” she added.

A police spokesman confirmed no arrests had been made.

Meanwhile, Kent police launched another blitz on illegal parking in the county, resulting in 447 HGVs being ordered to park elsewhere.

In the latest wave of action, the roads policing unit and Highways England officers targeted junctions 8, 11 and 13 of the M20, the A20 at Capel-le-Ferne, the A2 near Canterbury and Farthing Corner on the M2. 

Fixed penalty notices were handed out to 37 vehicles.

The hardline approach started at the end of last year after a 74-year-old motorist died following a collision with a parked Mercedes-Benz artic.

SOE Haulage fined £1,100 for tachograph offences

A Dungannon, County Tyrone, operator has been fined £1,100 for tachograph offences that included failing to check that it was complying with the law.

SOE Haulage, which has an O-licence authorising up to 10 vehicles and 10 trailers from two operating centres in Portadown and Benurb, Antrim, appeared at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on 9 February following an investigation by the Driver and Vehicle Agency.

It was fined £700 for four counts of employing a driver who failed to take a daily rest; £200 for two counts of employing a driver who exceeded the daily driving limit; and £200 for not carrying out regular checks to ensure the business was complying with EU drivers’ hours rules.

The company was also charged a £15 offenders levy.