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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.

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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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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.

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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