POLICE have confirmed that two women were killed in a crash near the Prince of Wales Bridge. 

Emergency services were called to a two-car collision on M4 eastbound between junctions 22 (M49) and 21 (M48) at approximately 12.05am this morning, Monday July 17. 

Avon and Somerset Police officers arrived on the scene and discovered both vehicles had left the carriageway, as well as a number of casualties.

Two women, who were passengers in one of the vehicles, were pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Relatives of the two women have been informed.

The three remaining occupants of the vehicle attended hospital, but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Three men who were travelling in the other car have been arrested and are in police custody after also receiving hospital treatment.

During the operation Avon and Somerset Police have been supported by the National Police Air Service and Gwent Police.

A police spokesperson said: “The road remains shut eastbound and a diversion route is in place via the M49 and M5 while recovery and investigation work is carried out. 

“We hope to be in a position for the road to reopen at some stage this afternoon, however we would advise drivers to follow National Highways South West’s Twitter feed for latest updates.

“We’d please ask any witnesses or motorists with dashcam that could assist our ongoing enquiries call 101 and quote reference number 5223170366 or contact us via our website.

“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously via its website or on 0800 555111.”