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An FOI request has revealed the top speeds reached by motorists. Credit: ITV News

A stretch of the M4 near Bristol has recorded some of the fastest speeding motorists in the region.

A Freedom of Information request shows that four drivers were found to be travelling at more than 130 miles per hour between the M32 and the Almondsbury interchange (J20 - J19).

The top speed recorded was 144mph - almost double the 70mph speed limit.

Dorset Police have also reported some high-speed drivers. One incident on the A35 Puddletown Bypass saw a driver reach a limit of 118 mph.

Even more worryingly, the county also reported three drivers who were speeding at more than 75 mph in 30 mph zones.


Lorry driver critical after M4 accident

The lorry overturned early this morning, seriously injuring the driver Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A Romanian man is critically ill after his articulated lorry overturned into a ditch on the M4 near Bristol this morning, 25 September.

The lorry was travelling Westbound along the Almondsbury interchange when it overturned at 6.30am.

The driver, a 28-year-old Romanian national, was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries and is in a critical condition.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

The westbound stretch of the M4 has been closed between junction 21 and 22 all day to allow for the scene to be examined and for the lorry can be recovered.

The cause of the problems on the M4 and M48

Police say recovery of the overturned lorry is a "significant challenge" Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

There are long delays on the M4 westbound near Bristol. It was caused by a lorry that overturned between J21 for the M48 and J22 for the M49 at 6.30am this morning. There is congestion right back to J18 for Bath.

Police say removing the overturned lorry has proved to be a "significant challenge". The operation is ongoing.

Meanwhile the Highways Agency is advising motorists to divert via the M48 towards Wales using the original Severn Bridge, although this is also very congested as a result of the extra traffic from the closure.


Delays on the M4 and M48 westbound near Bristol

The M4 is closed westbound between Junction 21 (M48) and Junction 22 (M49). It is due to accident investigation and recovery work after a lorry overturned at 6.30am.

It is causing major congestion back to the M32.

Drivers are being advised to divert via the M48 towards Wales using the old Severn Bridge but be warned the closure is having a knock on effect and there are heavy queues at the Toll Booths.

M4 wild boar crash victim named

A man who died after his car hit a wild boar on the M4 in Wiltshire has been named as Raymond Green from Wootton Bassett. Mr Green, who was 47, died on Monday evening after his Seat Ibiza hit the animal and then collided with a lorry on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 17 and 16.

The male driver of the Renault lorry received treatment at the scene for minor shoulder injuries. The road was closed for eight hours while police investigators attended the scene.

Police appeal for witnesses after M4 boar crash

The incident took place around 6.40pm yesterday between J17 and J16.

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on the eastbound stretch of the M4.

The incident took place around 6.40pm yesterday evening between J17 and J16.

A black Seat Ibiza was in collision with a wild boar in lane 2 of the motorway. The Seat Ibiza then collided with a white Renault articulated lorry.

The driver of the Seat Ibiza, a 47 year-old man from Royal Wootton Bassett, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the Renault lorry received treatment at the scene for minor shoulder injuries.

The road was closed for eight hours whilst the Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene.

This is a truly tragic incident and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.

It is quite rare for a wild boar to be on the carriageway of the motorway. It is more common for the police to receive calls involving horses or deer but each is equally dangerous to motorists.

This was a particularly large wild animal and would have caused considerable damage to any vehicle

– PS Steven Love

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Mark Cargill via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information may be left anonymously.

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