The M4 is currently closed in both directions after an multi-vehicle accident which struck the central reservation. Both eastbound and westbound carriageways are closed between J16 Swindon West and J17 Chippenham.
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.
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.
M4 Westbound exit slip road partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at J19 M32 (Bristol).
One lane is closed and there is heavy traffic on the M4 westbound due to spillage, recovery work and accident investigation work between J14 A338 (Hungerford) and J15 A346 Marlborough Road / 419 Marlborough Road (Swindon East).
There are delays on the M4 Eastbound. One lane is blocked due to accident involving a car and a lorry between J21 M48 and J20 M5 (Almondsbury Interchange).
One lane is blocked, with slow moving traffic, after an accident on the M4 Eastbound at Junction 19, the M32 turning.
The slip road is closed due to a broken down lorry on the M4 Westbound at the same junction. Queues are spreading back along the M32 to Junction 2 at Eastville.
There's heavy traffic on the M4 eastbound at J20 M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) due to a vehicle fire. Emergency services are at the scene.
There are reports that two lanes are closed and there is congestion back to J21 M48.
A crime crackdown on the M4 in Wiltshire has seen three people arrested and the seizure of one and half tonnes of illegal tobacco. More than 100 fixed penalty notices were issued in the joint operation with tax officials. Two van loads of contraband alcohol were also impounded.
There has been an accident on the M4 in south Gloucestershire between junction 18 (the A46 Bath / Tormarton) and junction 19 (M32 Bristol). There are no reported delays.