The county’s fire service has stressed the importance of driving carefully in wintery conditions after an increase in the number of crashes.
Drivers were urged by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service at the start of the month to take extra care on the roads.
However, since Wednesday last week, multiple casualties were lucky to escape serious injury, according to the fire service, following four serious crashes on the county’s roads.
An elderly man suffered minor injuries and a woman was cut free from her car after a two-vehicle crash in East Hendred near the new housing development and the junction of White Road on Wednesday last week.
Fire crews freed the woman by removing the driver’s side and roof of the car.
The cars collided shortly after 5.30pm on the A417.
This was before a busy Friday for the emergency services on a day in which a car plough into a lorry on the A40, a flipped vehicle on the M40 and another two-vehicle crash, this time near Shellingford.
Perhaps the luckiest escape was when a driver and passenger escaped the mangled wreckage of their car after smashing into a parked lorry on the A40 near Oxford.
Firefighters said the people involved were ‘fortunate’ not to sustain serious injuries following the crash, which happened shortly before 11.30am.
Incident commander, crew manager Mike Milling added: “This could well have been a life-threatening and life-changing road traffic incident.”
A driver managed to escape the wreckage of their car without the aid of the emergency services at a similar time after driving it off the M40 and flipping onto its roof.
Thames Valley Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, which happened at 11.30am on Friday.
At about 6pm that evening a seriously injured woman was rescued from her car after colliding with another vehicle on the B4508 near Shellingford.
Fire crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to remove the roof and doors of the car to enable the casualty to be rescued.
Watch manager Jon Walker added: “Please pay attention when you are out and about on the road this festive season, do not use anything that will cause a distraction and drive to the road and weather conditions.”
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