A man in his 40s from Beaconsfield has died after a crash on the M40 that saw part of the motorway closed for over an hour.

Emergency services were called to the scene near junction 2 of the southbound carriageway at around 1.30pm yesterday (May 11) to reports a man and a vehicle were involved in a crash.

Paramedics provided emergency care but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thames Valley Police said: “His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

Bucks Free Press: The scene on Broad Lane, which is a popular route for HGVsThe scene on Broad Lane, which is a popular route for HGVs

Police also said his death is being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

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It comes after police closed off the soundbound carriageway between junction 4 for Handy Cross and junction 2 for Beaconsfield for over an hour following a “serious incident”.

The closure caused huge tailbacks to the A40, with Broad Lane, which goes over the M40, also closed.

Drivers were warned of long delays and diversions were in place while emergency services were at the scene.

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Matt Ross

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Stu, what a gentle person and so friendly. We had many laughs together all us Grounds maintenance mates in the years I/we knew you. Rip my friend.

Simon good hold

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Dear Stu I can’t believe you're gone, I’ve worked with and known you for fifteen years. I wish you could have let us known how much pain you were in. God bless and rest in peace, your friend Simon.

Heather Woodman

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Dear Stuart, thank you for giving me a beautiful son we will both miss you very much, I will always have him to remind me of you.xx R.I.P

Christopher Moore

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Stuart I have known you all your life and will remember you forever throughout mine. May you now rest in peace. My thoughts are with all those you left behind. Christopher Moore.

Jo Mottram

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RIP Stuart, My thoughts are with your family and friends xxx

Patrick Slade

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To a living legend gone but not forgotten ❤️ RIP Stuart

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My dearest Stuart, I spent six years with you and there are moments that were difficult but how I wish I had I known how much sorrow was in your heart. I will treasure my memories with you forever….be at peace you will never be forgotten x

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To God we all belong and upon him we shall all return. I pray that God gives patience to your family and consoles the pain in their heart. May God forgive you and bless you in the afterlife for all your good deeds and provisions to the people you knew and met. May God provide you a blessed journey back toward him where we all belong and shows his forever blessings on the people you have left behind. Ameen.

Perri Ramsay

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RIP Stuart we were devastated to hear of your passing, one of the nicest guys we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Our next dive trip will have a special dive dedicated to your memory. Our heartfelt condolences to all your family, you were a true gent and will be sorely missed by all who knew you. Fly high with the rest of the angels where no doubt you will still watch over your beloved family and Spurs of course, love Perri & Mark xx

Kate Mann

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Dear Stu, We had many happy childhood memories together. Middle meadow was the place to be!! Ghost storys down the alley on egg boxes, kiss chase up the field and bikes down the dell. You were always such a happy smiley person! A genuinely lovely guy and we will miss you xx

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You will be missed mate. Will miss the noise of your motorbike and you cleaning it of with a blower aswell as talking about that awful team of yours every day. Gonna miss that opportunity to show you how to drive on the karting track. Gonna miss that loud laugh of yours. Such a great bloke Rest In Peace mate. G X

Marie Taylor

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I can’t believe you have gone you was such a great character & was a pleasure to grow up with & to have as a friend for 32 years R.I.P 💔 xx