M4 crash: Six injured in minibus and lorry ‘serious collision’

M4 crash
Image caption The collision on the M4 eastbound involved a minibus and a lorry

Six people have been injured in a “serious collision” between a minibus and a lorry on the M4.

The crash happened just after 12:00 BST on the eastbound carriageway between junction 14 at Hungerford and junction 13 at Newbury.

South Central Ambulance Service said three people in the minibus had been taken to hospitals in Oxford and Bristol with life-threatening injuries.

The eastbound carriageway is expected to be blocked for “many hours”.

Three other people in the minibus suffered less serious injuries and were taken to hospitals in Swindon and Reading, the ambulance service said.

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Image caption Motorists are queuing on the eastbound carriageway of the M4

The westbound carriageway was closed to allow three air ambulances to land but has since reopened.

Thames Valley Police have advised motorists to avoid the area if possible.

James Lloyd, who passed the scene shortly after the crash, said a large articulated lorry had gone into the back of a minibus,

The force of the impact had shunted the minibus between about 50 yards along the carriageway, he added.

Dominique Hamblin tweeted: “I have never seen an accident site so horrendous looking and with such an enormous emergency services response as on the M4. Looked nasty, I pray it’s not that bad.”


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