Major collision closes parts of the M4
9:44am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
DRIVERS needing to use the M4 through Wiltshire this morning are being advised that a section of the eastbound carriageway at Swindon is totally closed and two lanes of the westbound carriageway are also closed.
Wiltshire Police is carrying out an incident investigation after a serious collision between junction 15 and junction 14 shortly after midnight in the early hours of today.
The collision, involving a car, a van and a partially-laden car transporter, happened at about 12.20am just over a mile east of junction 15 and resulted in several serious injuries.
The Highways Agency has been advised that the police investigation is unlikely to be completed before the end of this morning's peak travel period and drivers are advised to avoid the area if at all possible and seek alternative routes or delay journeys untl the route has fully re-opened probably mid-morning.
A safety barrier and carriageway inspection for damage will also need to take place before the motorway can full re-open again.
A diversion between junction 15 and 14 is in place for eastbound traffic.
The signed diversion is advisiing all eastbound drivers leaving the motorway at junction 15 to follow the 'hollow circle' diversion symbol via the A419 north towards Swindon, B4192 eastbound towards Hungerford then the A338 north to rejoin the M4 at J14 Drivers heading westbound are likely to experience heavy congestion with the westbound carriageway down to only one lane while the police investigation and recovery work continues.
Highways Agency traffic officers from the outstation at Stanton St Quintin have been at the scene throughout the incident managing traffic.
All drivers stuck behind the incident were freed by 3am - with traffic officers turning vehicles around on the eastbound carriageway and sending them back to junction 15.
The South West Regional Control Centre at Avonmouth have set signs across the local and regional motorway network to warn drivers of the incident with the Agency's National Traffic Operations Centre near Birmingham setting signs across the national motorway network to warn drivers travelling from further afield. Traffic Wales has also been alerted.
Drivers should check travel conditions before setting out.
The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone.
Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_swest Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions.
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