Multiple lanes closed on M4 after two-lorry crash near Swindon

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys following the M4 westbound closure in Wiltshire. Credit: @HighwaysSWEST

An early morning crash between two HGV lorries has caused a partial closure on the M4 and extensive damage to the central reservation.

Traffic is still being released after an incident between two lorries at 3.30am on Saturday, April 2.

It happened on the M4 westbound near Swindon, between junction 15 A346 Marlborough Road (Swindon East) and junction 16 A3102 Swindon Road (Swindon West).

The road was closed earlier this morning to allow accident investigation work to take place - although two out of three lanes remain shut.

Westbound traffic is currently being diverted via junction 15, following a hollow triangle along the A419, A4259, B4289, B4006 and A3012 to rejoin the M4 at junction 16.

In a statement, National Highways said: "National Highways is advising drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys following an incident earlier this morning which has closed the M4 between junction 15 (Marlborough, Swindon East) and junction 16 (Swindon West)."

Traffic reporting system Inrix said: "M4 Westbound closed due to accident investigation work from J15 A346 Marlborough Road (Swindon East) to J16 A3102 Swindon Road (Swindon West). Traffic is coping well.

"Following an accident involving two lorries at 03:30. The eastbound side has reopened with lanes two and three (of three) closed. Trapped traffic is still being released."

A separate crash has been reported on the opposite side of the M4 on the eastbound route between junctions 15 and 16. Traffic is currently coping well.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Shortly before 3am today (02/04) we were called to a two-vehicle road traffic collision on the westbound carriageway of the M4 between junctions 15 and 16.

In a statement, Wiltshire Police said: "It involved two HGVs and damage was caused to the central reservation. The driver of one of the vehicles has been taken to Great Western Hospital.

“The westbound carriageway is currently completely closed between those two junctions, while only one lane is open on the eastbound carriageway.

“Teams are working to clear the scene and we hope to have an update later this morning.

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience and advise people to find alternative routes.”

The disruption is expected until late this afternoon.

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