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Roads through Newbury, Hungerford and Thatcham are in disarray following a number of serious accidents today (Friday).
A two vehicle accident at about 3pm closed the A338 Hungerford in both directions, adding to the gridlocked roads near the M4 following a serious incident earlier.
Teams are working to clear the stretch of road between the Gipsy Lane junction near Hungerford and the A4 Bath Road junction.
More details are to follow on this incident, however rush hour drivers have been advised to avoid the area.
As of 3.30pm a lane closure was also in place between Junction 13, Chieveley, and Junction 12, Theale, adding to the misery for drivers in the area.

Thatcham has also been hit by the melee, with delays and queue snaking along the A4 Bath Road westbound between the A340 Basingstoke Road junction in Aldermaston Wharf and the A339 junction in Newbury.
Traffic is still crawling near the M4 following an accident this morning near Hungerford in which a lorry crossed the carriageway divide and ended up on its side, shedding rubble and concrete onto the motorway.
A passenger in the lorry was taken to hospital by the air ambulance, but his injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
However the road was closed and drivers were stranded for over an hour.
Police and highways officers attempted to clear the debris, but despite re-opening at about 2pm gridlock traffic had already stretched into Newbury and was affecting the A34.
Update 5.35pm
Police advise the A338 in Hungerford will be closed for several hours, with emergency services still at the scene of the collision, involving two lorries and a car, with the air ambulance at the scene.
Update 6.45pm
South Central Ambulance confirm the air ambulance has left the scene of the Hungerford collision on the A338 before darkness falls, when it is unable to fly.
A land ambulance is on standby while firefighters continue to work to try and release a man from one of two lorries involved in the collision
Update 8.45pm
South Central Ambulance has confirmed a man has been taken by land ambulance to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, following the A338 Hungerford collision, with injuries sustained as a result of lengthy entrapment.
Ambulance services left the scene at 6.30pm
Update 9.30pm
Thames Valley Police have confirmed the A338 remains closed at Eddington, close to junction 14 of the M4 at Hungerford.




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