Palace de­fender in­jured in two-car col­li­sion on M4

Player cut free from ve­hi­cle be­fore be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal af­ter in­ci­dent near Hayes

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

CRYS­TAL Palace de­fender Pape Souare re­mains in hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous car crash on the M4 near Hayes on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The left-back in­jured his thigh and jaw bone in the two-car col­li­sion be­tween junc­tions 3 and 4 on the mo­tor­way, the Premier League club con­firmed.

He had to be cut free from the car by fire­fight­ers, be­fore be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal.

Crys­tal Palace said he would re­main in hos­pi­tal whilst he re­ceives treat­ment.

“The club are li­ais­ing closely with the hos­pi­tal on his progress and we ob­vi­ously wish him a speedy re­cov­ery. Our thoughts are with Pape and his fam­ily at this time,” added the club.

Sup­port­ers had ques­tioned the player’s where­abouts af­ter he was not in­cluded in the team’s squad at Mid­dles­brough on Satur­day.

One un­of­fi­cial fans’ twit­ter ac­count said Souare had been air­lifted to hos­pi­tal, and another Twit­ter user said he thought the player had bro­ken a leg.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called on Sun­day shortly be­fore 12.10pm to re­ports of two cars in col­li­sion on the east­bound car­riage­way of the M4, be­tween junc­tions 4 and 3.

Po­lice said the driver of one of the cars, de­scribed as a man in his 20s, was taken to an east Lon­don hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. They said his in­juries were not lifethreat­en­ing.

The driver of the other car did not re­quire hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

Of­fi­cers from the Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit are ap­peal­ing for any­one who wit­nessed the col­li­sion, or the events lead­ing up to it, to call them on 020 8543 5157.

Po­lice said en­quiries were on­go­ing, and no one is be­lieved to have been ar­rested.

The Lon­don Fire Brigade said crews had to cut a man free from one of the ve­hi­cles be­fore he could be taken to hos­pi­tal by Lon­don’s Air Am­bu­lance.

It said five fire en­gines and a fire and res­cue unit from Feltham, Hayes and Heathrow fire sta­tions at­tended the in­ci­dent.

There were still long de­lays on the M4 on Mon­day morn­ing, be­tween junc­tions 3 and 6, with one lane closed near junc­tion 3 at Hayes.

The High­ways Agency said the dis­rup­tion was due to on­go­ing bar­rier re­pair work and to a fur­ther crash that morn­ing be­tween junc­tions 5 and 4b near Slough.

Another crash on the A406 North Cir­cu­lar Road at Chiswick Round­about, close to the M4, was also caus­ing dis­rup­tion on Mon­day morn­ing.

Po­lice said they were called to a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a lorry and a pick up truck, but no­body had been in­jured.

One lane was blocked south­bound and there were tail­backs to Eal­ing Com­mon.

Photo: Alex Broad­way/Getty Im­ages

n HOS­PI­TALISED: Crys­tal Palace de­fender Pape Souare has in­juries to his thigh and jaw af­ter he was in­volved in a col­li­sion on the M4 near Hayes on Sun­day af­ter­noon

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