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Patient update: Eleven hospitalised after M4 crash

Eleven people have been taken to hospital following this morning's crash on the M4 at Newport, it has been confirmed.

The Welsh Ambulance Service says it received a call at 9.29am after the collision, at Junction 25a to 25 eastbound at St Julians, which involved a coach, lorry and a car,

Two rapid response vehicles, two Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles, two doctors, four emergency ambulances, two air ambulances and three ambulance officers attended the scene.

The driver of the coach has been flown to Morriston Hospital with serious injuries.

A second patient has been taken by emergency ambulance to the University of Hospital Wales, also with serious injuries.

Nine patients – one with potentially serious injuries and eight with minor injuries – have been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital. The drivers of the lorry and car were treated at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.

Forty-four other students who were travelling on the coach have been taken to a nearby rest centre where two advanced paramedic practitioners and two BASICS doctors provided further assessments.

Coach driver flown to hospital by Wales Air Ambulance

Local resident Richard Quatrini took this photograph of the Wales Air Ambulance from his window Credit: Richard Quatrini

Wales Air Ambulance has confirmed their Swansea-based helicopter attended the M4 crash scene this morning, where they flew the bus driver to hospital.

A spokesperson said: "The crew was mobilised at 09:37 and landed on scene at 10:00 after the road had been closed.

"The WAA paramedics assisted emergency services on scene before airlifting an adult male to Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

"The aircraft left at 10:40 and arrived at hospital 11:00."

Police: Drivers currently urged to avoid M4 Newport

Closures and diversions resulting from a serious crash on the M4 this morning have resulted in delays for motorists Credit: ITV News / Alexandra Lodge

Gwent Police has urged drivers to avoid using the M4 near Newport until the site of the crash has been cleared.

Chief Inspector Paul Evans said: “We appreciate the closure is causing problems for motorists. However, the decision to do so is never taken lightly and we fully recognise the impact this has on motorists as well as the communities affected by diversions.

“We need to ensure we investigate every such collision thoroughly, gathering all evidence possible, and also ensuring the safety of everyone involved, as well as other motorists who will be using this road once it has reopened.

"We are grateful for the understanding and patience shown by drivers and their passengers today."

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Police: 'No life-threatening injuries' in M4 crash

No life-threatening injuries were sustained in the multi-vehicle crash on the M4 this morning, police have confirmed.

The collision involved a bus and, at this stage, we believe one car and one lorry.

The driver of the bus was injured and has been taken by air ambulance to Morriston Hospital.

Two passengers on the bus that were injured, both adults, have been taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

None of these casualties is in a life-threatening condition.

Ten other passengers from the bus have gone to the Royal Gwent Hospital described as walking wounded – eight students and two adults.

– Gwent Police spokesperson

The bus was carrying 57 students from abroad. A rest centre has been set up for the remaining bus passengers.

The M4 motorway currently remains partially closed in both directions at this time between junction 24 and 28 to allow critical investigation work to take place.

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