Sat, 03 Oct 2015
FRUSTRATED motorists endured hours of delays after a lorry overturned on the M4 near Newbury early on Saturday morning.
The lorry jack-knifed before overturning and shedding its load of industrial handtowels and diesel fuel onto the eastbound carriageway between J12 (Theale) and J13 (Chieveley).
As a result the eastbound carriageway was closed for most of the day while crews worked to recover the vehicle and clear the debris, causing traffic misery for much of the day.
Long tailbacks meant that motorists endured a two-hour wait when the motorway was eventually reopened at around 9.30am with two lanes remaining closed around the scene of the accident.
However the queues meant that traffic was also gridlocked along the A4, Bath Road, as motorists looked for an alternative route to junction 12.
Due to the fuel spill the eastbound carriageway was again completely closed on Saturday evening until the early hours of Sunday morning while emergency resurfacing and repair works carried out.
A statement from Thames Valley Police said: "The M4 eastbound was reopened in the early hours of this morning [Sunday].
"The road had been closed at Junction 13 to due an incident yesterday [Saturday] in which a lorry jack-knifed and shed its diesel tank, seriously damaging the surface of at least two lanes of the carriageway.
"Repairs have been carried out and the road is now open again.
"Thames Valley Police would like to thank motorists for their patience."
The emergency services were initially called around 6am after the lorry overturned and caught fire with firecrews and police attending the scene.
No one was injured in the incident with both the driver and the passenger escaping unharmed.