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Lorry driver dies in M4 crash

A lorry driver has following an incident on the M4 this morning when a hay lorry travelliung on the westbound carriageway ended up in a ditch.

The incident happened around 7pm between junction 17 (Chippenham) and junction 18 (Bath), approximately 1-2 miles west of Leigh Delamere Services.

The driver of the white Volvo articulated lorry, a 62 year old man from St Breward in Cornwall, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lane one and two of the motorway were closed for a period of time to allow for scene examination work to be completed No other vehicles were involved.

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Smart motorway scheme is officially opened

The region's first so-called smart motorway scheme has been officially opened this lunchtime allowing people to use the hard shoulder at peak times.

The roads minister, Robert Goodwill, unveiled the system on the M4 and M5 at the Almondsbury interchange. It uses various technologies to ease traffic flow. with overhead signs informing motorists when they can drive in the extra lane and what speed to travel.

Paul Unwin from the Highways Agency explains how the system works.

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