30/12/2016 South Today - Oxford


30/12/2016

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Now it's time for the news where you are.

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Hello, I'm Anjana Gadgil with the news here in the South.

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17 people were taken to hospital this morning after a coach

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overturned on a motorway slip road in Oxfordshire.

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It happened on the northbound exit at Junction 7 of the M40,

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Thick fog made access to the scene more difficult,

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and the slip road itself was closed for several hours.

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Passengers escaped in such a hurry they left their belongings behind.

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16 adults plus the coach driver were taken

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to the John Radcliffe Hospital after last night's crash.

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We had to stabilise the coach to prevent it sliding down the bank

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any further and from rocking from side to side, to make sure

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Then we had to search the immediate area for anybody that may have been

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ejected from the vehicle, so we used thermal imaging cameras,

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we used some of our remote cameras we have there,

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we had a period of using audible detection, so we needed

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There was thick fog just before 3am, when the Heathrow Express bus came

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It went crashing through the barriers and flipped.

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Certainly it would have been a chaotic scene.

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You've got people inside who are probably wanting to get out

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Also their medical welfare needs to be taken into account,

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and sometimes getting them out quickly isn't necessarily

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Two things that we are looking into, obviously keeping an open mind,

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but the two main things are very foggy at the time and the driving

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conditions and the fact that the bus wouldn't normally be leaving

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It's not the first time a coach has veered off

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This on-board footage from 2010 shows the moment when an Oxford Tube

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bus crashed at the very same slip road.

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The slip road was closed while barriers were prepared here today.

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The Oxford Bus Company has been contacting passengers this afternoon

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and as foggy conditions remain investigations are continuing

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to try to work out how this crash happened.

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The fog has caused travel problems across the region today.

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Poor visibility on the coast - this view

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across Poole Bay was typical - badly affected the ferries.

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Wightlink services between Lymington and Yarmouth and Red Funnel

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crossings between Southampton and East Cowes were suspended, with

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There have also been delays and cancellations for flights

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to and from Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton airports.

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And football has fallen victim to the fog as well -

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Brighton's evening Championship match against Cardiff City has been

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Elsewhere, the railway line between Eastleigh and Basingstoke

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in Hampshire was closed for much of this morning,

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after a body was found by the track near Shawford.

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Rail replacement buses were laid on and the police say they are not

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Meanwhile, Southern Rail is warning of severe disruption

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on their network once again, as conductors stage

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The company says some routes will have no service

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at all tomorrow, New Year's Day and on Monday the 2nd,

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while the majority of others will have a very limited service.

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It is the biggest night out of the year but many people

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are going to struggle to get home afterwards, as the Southern strikes

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The RMT insist they are not trying to disrupt

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We did cancel the strikes on Christmas Eve and the day

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We've done everything we can to recognise that the public have

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been wonderful in supporting our position on maintaining

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the safety-critical role of the guard on the train.

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Once again Southern say they will have to cancel around 50%

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Crucially, though, they are warning anyone who is planning to use

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the trains to get home after a New Year's night out that

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many later services in particular will be completely cancelled.

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The conductors are striking over plans to give drivers responsibility

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for closing train doors, changing the conductors' roles

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Southern said 220 conductors have signed up to the new contract

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and many will begin their new roles from the 1st of January.

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The proposals we have made are entirely reasonable,

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we think the union's reaction has been unreasonable

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We think these strikes are absolutely unnecessary

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and I would call upon the trade unions to call off these strikes

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A six-day drivers' strike is planned from January the 9th and the unions

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say they can't rule out further action for 2017 if an

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Drink-driving is still a big problem in the region,

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In the first two weeks of the Force's Christmas

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and New Year crackdown they've arrested more than 140 people.

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Additional patrols are being carried out in Berkshire to catch

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A Christmas lights display in a Buckinghamshire village has

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helped raise money for a girl with a rare health disorder.

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Frankie Ross from Pitstone has Rett syndrome, which only affects one

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This dazzling display, now in its 20th year,

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is raising money for 11-year-old Frankie Ross.

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She was diagnosed with Rett syndrome when she was a toddler.

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She potentially would lose her speech, lose

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purposeful use of her hands, might not be able to walk,

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could develop scoliosis, epilepsy, breathing difficulties.

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The community in Pitstone had initially been fundraising to buy

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a hoist for Frankie for water therapy but thanks to social media

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two hoists were donated to the family in the last few weeks.

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This year we have had a great campaign and I believe that we have

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We all really get on well as neighbours and it was just

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the perfect opportunity to pull the stops out for Christmas.

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There are so many worthy causes and to think that Frankie's touched

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local residents' hearts enough for them to want

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to fundraise for her I think is absolutely amazing.

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There is no cure for Rett syndrome but Frankie's family hope more

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research and funding will help find better treatments in the future.

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It's a generally cloudy picture as we end the year

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but for most it should stay dry for the New Year festivities.

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We are seeing this weather front pushing down

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Rather cloudy overnight tonight. arrive until the early hours of New

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Again we've got those problems with fog and there is a Met

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Office yellow warning in force until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

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With more cloud around overnight tonight

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I don't think it will be quite as cold as it was last night

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but still the chance of a bit of frost and

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indeed those fog patches where we do see any clearer skies.

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It should clear away to low cloud fairly swiftly

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and one or two breaks possible through the day.

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There is also a fair amount of cloud tomorrow, temperatures just about

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scraping into double figures the sum of us. Staying cloudy into New

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Year's Eve, the rain continues on Year's Eve, the rain continues on

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New Year's Day, becoming drier and brighter behind that, but it will

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feel that much colder with frosty nights.

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I'm back later with more on today's top stories at 10.50 this evening.

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If you are heading out on the roads, please take care.

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Good evening, fog has been a problem in recent days, slow changes over

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