M4 lorry crash wreckage shown after seven-hour closure

Dramatic pictures have emerged of the aftermath of a lorry crash which has left the M4 closed for several hours today. National Highways South West has released pictures showing the carnage of the crash, involving two lorries, which happened on the M4 near Swindon this morning (Saturday, April 2). The westbound carriageway of the motorway remained closed throughout this morning while accident investigations took place.

Only one lane of the eastbound carriageway was left open on either side of the motorway, with slow traffic being reported in the area for hours. The crash caused “significant” damage to a 50-metre stretch of the central reservation. Traffic disruption was expected to last into late this afternoon according to Traffic England, with the road having been closed since around 3am. : Ecotricity boss Dale Vince steps down and puts firm up for sale

The publication of the picture comes after it was confirmed that a driver has been taken to Great Western Hospital as a result of the crash at around 3am between junctions 15 and 16 for Swindon East and West. A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Shortly before 3am today (April 2) we were called to a two-vehicle road traffic collision on the westbound carriageway of the M4 between junctions 15 and 16. “It involved two HGVs and damage was caused to the central reservation.

The driver of one of the vehicles has been taken to Great Western Hospital. The westbound carriageway is currently completely closed between those two junctions, while only one lane is open on the eastbound carriageway.” However, as of around midday the closures around the scene have been lifted and it is reported that traffic is easing through the scene.

An update from traffic monitoring service INRIX says: “Traffic easing, earlier accident on M4 in both directions between J15 A346 Marlborough Road (Swindon East) and J16 A3102 Swindon Road (Swindon West).

Accident involving two lorries at 03:30 but both sides now open.”