A WOMAN and a man were taken to hospital after a car left the M4 and slid down the embankment yesterday (Mon) evening.
Three fire engines, from fire stations in Tilehurst, Whitley Wood and Caversham Road, Reading, were called shortly after 6pm, to the M4 eastbound, between junction 12 Reading/Theale and junction 11 Reading.
Firefighters discovered a blue Vauxhall Astra had left the motorway, after crashing through the metal barrier along the hard shoulder, before ending up 30 to 40 ft down an embankment.
Firefighters described it as a "challenge" to transport crews and cutting equipment down the embankment, before using cutting equipment to free a woman driver and male passenger, aged approximately in their mid 30's/40's.
The woman was given into the care of waiting paramedics before being taken to hospital.
An air ambulance was also at the scene.
No other vehicles were involved.
The hard shoulder and lanes one and two were closed during the incident and two lanes remained closed afterwards to allow for recovery of the car and repairs to the barrier along the hard shoulder of the motorway.
Firefighters left the scene at around 7.30pm/8pm
Update 10.50am Tuesday
South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) spokesman, David Gallagher, said paramedics, an ambulance and and the air ambulance were sent to the scene at 6.03pm,
Both patients were taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading with minor injuries, according to the ambulance service.