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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.

Lorry accident means M4 may be shut till tomorrow

Contents of lorry were strewn across the carriageway in the crash Credit: Thames Valley Police

The M4 eastbound remains closed between junction 13 (Chieveley) and junction 11 (Reading) after a lorry overturned at 5am this morning.

The outside lane on the westbound side of the M4 in the area also remains closed. Highways England said the accident recovery of the vehicle could take a long time.

The carriageway will have to be resurfaced before it can be used by traffic again because a lot of oil has leaked onto the road.

Recovery of the lorry will take some time Credit: Thames Valley Police

The recovery team includes workers and contractors from Highways England and Thames Valley Police. Motorists are being advised to delay their journeys if they can.

Highways England provides live traffic information. A diversion is in place via the A34, A303 and M3. Drivers heading to London can also use the northbound A34 and M40 route.

The police confirmed that the lorry driver died in the incident, and his next of kin have been informed.


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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