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M4 eastbound re-opened after earlier incident

Junctions 13 to 11 re-opened after artic lorry overturned

Jane Meredith

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M4 closed eastbound junctions 12 to 11

THE M4 eastbound between junctions 13 and 11 (Reading) has re-opened, following an accident earlier this morning (Fri). after an artic lorry overturned.

All three lanes of the carriageway were clear and re-opened at 1.30pm today, Highways England confirmed.

The M4 was earlier closed between junctions 12 and 11 eastbound, with the closure later extended to junction 13 (Chieveley).

The articulated lorry overturned onto its side, at around 5am this morning, followed by a clean up of a spillage of bleach, hydraulic and diesel fuels leaked on the carriageway.

No major damage was sustained to the carriageway.

Resulting heavy traffic reported on other roads, including the A4 Thatcham, A339 and A343 Andover Road was reported in the surrounding area. 

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) were called to the M4 overturned lorry at 4.48am and said the male driver was out of the lorry, and refused assessment, with the incident handed over to police.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) were called at 4.45am.

Fire services were called at 5.08am, with pumps from five Reading fire stations at the scene including Whitley Wood, Caversham Road, Dee Road (Tilehurst) and Wokingham Road, plus the heavy rescue unit from Dee Road. 

No-one was trapped.

Problems for drivers on the M4 were compounded at 8am this morning after a car overturned between junction 8/9 Maidenhead and junction 10 Wokingham, and crashed into the central reservation.

Both carriageways (east and westbound) were blocked, with delays in both directions.

PHOTOGRAPH ROYAL BERKSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

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  • Oldmoaner

    04/11/2016 - 13:01

    These continuing incidents highlight the fact that the crazy idea of a smart motorway is a complete waste of money, it will still all close after the accidents.They should spend half the money on the NHS or local authorities and the other half improving the alternative roads around the M4 to cope with these situations.

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  • Louise

    Louise

    04/11/2016 - 11:11

    Road hasn't altered- just the inattention of drivers.

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  • Ihavenonickname

    04/11/2016 - 11:11

    Just the latest in a series of HGV's overturning on this section of motorway. What is going on? Has the standard of driving gos sooooo bad that this is now a regular occurence or is it a problem with the road itself?

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