Lorry driver dies of injuries on M4 Severn Bridge crash

A lorry driver has died after being airlifted to hospital following a serious crash at the M4 Severn Bridge. The fatal crash occurred this morning (Wednesday), and police have confirmed that the male driver died of his injuries after being airlifted to University Hospital Wales. Gloucestershire surgeon Charlie Chan was among the first on the scene and had earlier described his efforts to save the man[1].

The bridge has been closed in both directions and Highways England have provided this updated on when it is likely to reopen[2]. Gwent Police were called to the scene at 10.30am after reports emerged that a lorry had “driven down the embankment and onto land alongside the M4 westbound at the end of the bridge,” reports Bristol Live[3].

The bridge is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day

No other motorists were injured in the incident and Gwent Police have now left the scene. The bridge is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day while engineers assess the damage, and the westbound carriageway is expected to remain closed overnight.

Chief Inspector Martyn Smith said: “Currently, the bridge is closed east and westbound while engineers assess the damage to the barriers and carry out emergency repair works.

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“We anticipate the bridge will be closed by the Highways Agency for the remainder of the day.

“Highways England have confirmed that the westbound carriageway is expected to remain closed between Junction 21 and Junction 23 until at least 6am tomorrow morning.

The motorway is still closed at the time of writing – get the latest updates in our M4 Severn Bridge crash blog[4] .

References

  1. ^ described his efforts to save the man (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ have provided this updated on when it is likely to reopen (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Bristol Live (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  4. ^ M4 Severn Bridge crash blog (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

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