A WOMAN and three children have died following a fatal collision on the A34 last night.
The 45-year-old woman and three children, an 11-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and a 13-year old boy, all from Bedfordshire, died at the scene. It is believed they were all travelling in the same car.
A 30-year-old man from Andover has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
One man was flown by air ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital. He is still in hospital being treated for serious injuries.
Two people - a man and a teenage boy - were taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital by land ambulance with minor injuries and have since been discharged. Nine people sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
The collision involved four heavy goods vehicles and four cars.
Officers were called to a report of a collision on the northbound carriageway shortly after 5.10pm between the East Ilsley and West Ilsley junctions.
The northbound carriageway of the A34, between Chieveley at junction 13 of the M4 and between the West Ilsley junction was closed until approximately 6.30am this morning.
The 30-year-old man from Andover was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed until 5 October.
Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, head of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, said: "Our thoughts are with anyone affected by this tragedy. Can I ask anyone who witnessed the collision, including anyone travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw anything they believe is significant, to contact police."
"Anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1109 10/8."
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