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