Two dead and sev­eral in­jured as minibus and lorry col­lide on M4

Western Daily Press - - News -

TWO peo­ple were killed in a crash in­volv­ing a lorry and a minibus on the M4 yes­ter­day.

Seven other peo­ple were in­jured in the col­li­sion, which oc­curred at 12.20pm on the east­bound car­riage­way of the mo­tor­way be­tween junc­tions 14 for Hunger­ford and 13 for Chieve­ley.

The two peo­ple who died were both pas­sen­gers in the minibus. Three other pas­sen­gers were taken to hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries, along with an­other three pas­sen­gers who were less se­ri­ously in­jured. The driver of the lorry was also given hospi­tal treat­ment for mi­nor in­juries.

The in­jured were taken to hos­pi­tals across the re­gion, with one per­son flown to the ma­jor trauma cen­tre at South­mead Hospi­tal in Bris­tol and two go­ing by road to Great Western Hospi­tal in Swin­don.

Pic­tures from the scene showed a large lorry di­ag­o­nally across all three lanes, with a minibus fur­ther down the car­riage­way.

The crash closed the M4 for hours, with the west­bound side also shut to al­low paramedics, po­lice and fire per­son­nel and air am­bu­lances to at­tend the scene.

Trapped traf­fic was al­lowed to pass the scene four hours later, but the M4 re­mained closed af­ter that, and there were long de­lays on sur­round­ing roads.

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