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Tragic lorry accident closes M4 for up to 24 hours

The lorry's contents spilled out across the carriageway Credit: Thames Valley Police

Part of the M4 through Berkshire won't re-open until tomorrow morning after a lorry crash, which killed its driver.

A number of major roads across the Thames Valley have been at a standstill all day, with drivers caught in miles of tailbacks.

The lorry overturned between junctions 11 and 12 of the M4 Credit: Bing

The lorry, carrying engine parts, crashed into the central reservation between junction 12 for Theale and junction11 for Reading, just before 5am. The eastbound carriageway - has been closed all day, with drivers diverted through Wiltshire, North Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Reading town centre remains gridlocked this evening - several hours after the accident. Mel Bloor has our report.

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TRAVEL - ROADS: BERKSHIRE - M4 closed in both directions after accident near J11 for Reading

Two air ambulances were called to the scene - one remains Credit: Nishil Patel

The M4 is closed in both directions after an accident. An overturned car means there is queueing traffic between J11 A33 / B3270 ( Reading ) and J10 A329(M) Wokingham / Bracknell.

The accident happened shortly after 2pm. The emergency services are investigating what happened. One air ambulance has left the scene and one remains at the site.

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Hundreds of jobs to go at Shell

800 posts will be lost at the Shell offices in Reading Credit: ITV News

It has just been announced that 800 jobs are to go in Reading after Shell announced it is to close its offices at Thames Valley Park.

It follows a worldwide restructure by the oil company. Workers at Reading after being offered a voluntary severance package or they can relocate to Shell offices in London

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