AN INQUEST has opened into the deaths of two women who died in a head-on car crash on the A420 in Tubney.

Oxford Coroner’s Court heard this afternoon that the pair - one in a grey Peugeot 3008 and the other a silver Skoda Octavia - died after the collision on Sunday, May 6.

The Skoda driver has now been named as Judith Mary Pauline Henderson, 77, from Cobham, Surrey.

A post mortem found that the retired housewife died of multiple organ failure in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, two days after the crash.

The front seat passenger in the Peugeot, retired shop assistant Shirley Lilian Crapper, 72, from Swindon, died of multiple injuries at the scene.

The incident occurred at around 2.50pm on the bank holiday Sunday.

It was the second fatal crash along the same stretch of the A420 - in the village of Tubney west of Oxford - in the space of less than two months.

The road was shut in both directions while emergency services attended.

Mrs Crapper’s husband Harold, the former chairman of the Freemen of the City of Oxford, remains in hospital.

He is understood to no longer be in intensive care, and his condition is improving.

Senior Coroner Darren Salter did not set a date for the inquest to be conducted.

However a full inquest into both deaths is likely to be conducted later this year.