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Reading man bailed after M4 Newbury/Hungerford collision



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Arrested on suspicion dangerous driving and driving above the legal alcohol level.

A READING man arrested following a collision on the M4 westbound between Newbury and Hungerford during the early hours of last Thursday has been bailed.

The 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving while above the legal alcohol level.

He was released on police bail until January 25.

The M4 westbound between Hungerford and Newbury was closed for more than eight hours following the collision, which involved two lorries and resulted in severe traffic problems in the surrounding area.

TVP appealed for witnesses to the collision, which occurred at 2.38am.

The westbound carriageway of the M4 between junctions 13 and 14 was re-opened at approximately 11.30am.

The earlier closure of that carriageway caused in congestion both on the motorway and on other main roads in the local area, including the A34, A339 and A4, which were gridlocked during the morning’s commute.

South Central Ambulance Service were called at 2.50am and sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance to the scene.

One lorry driver was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford with chest pains. The second lorry driver was uninjured.

Two fire engines from Newbury, a third from Reading and a heavy rescue unit from Reading were called at 3am to the scene of the crash. Firefighters assisted paramedics to remove one of the drivers.

Investigating Officer, Sgt Tony Griffiths of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the M4 in either direction that morning between the times of 2.30am and 3am near to junctions 13 and 14 of the M4 westbound to come forward as they may have information to help us with our investigation.

We would ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have seen anything prior to or immediately after the collision, to contact us via 101 quoting the reference 99 08/12/16.”



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