Man dies after ‘serious incident’ on M4 in South Wales as another serious crash closes motorway in both directions
A man has died following a ‘serious incident’ on the M4 in South Wales early this morning, police have said.
Officers were called to the scene on the Eastbound section of the carriageway between Junctions 29 and 30 at Cardiff Gate at 4:22am.
Police initially describing the scene as a ‘serious incident’ but later confirmed a fatality. The road was re-opened by early afternoon.
Police had this morning closed parts of both sides of the M4 in Wales following two incidents early this morning.
A second crash took place around 8am, forcing the closure of the Westbound carriageway between Junctions 24 Coldra, including the slip road, and Junction 25 Caerleon.
The Eastbound carriageway between Junctions 24 Coldra and 26 Malpas was also closed but reopened before midday.
Transport data firm Inrix this morning said there was at least 1.5 miles of congestion from Junction 30 following the incident.
Disgruntled motorists said on social media that they had been stuck with ‘no water and in need of a bathroom’ since 7:45am.
Police have closed parts of both sides of the M4 in Wales following two crashes early this morning (pictured, congestion between Junction 24 Coldra and Junction 25 Caerleon)
A second crash took place around 8am, forcing the closure of the Westbound carriageway between Junctions 24 Coldra, including the slip road, and Junction 25 Caerleon (pictured)
South Wales Police described the second incident on the M4 as ‘serious’, without giving details
A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: ‘The road was closed for an investigation to be carried out at the scene. The road has now reopened.
‘The public are thanked for their patience and understanding. Next of kin has been updated and enquiries are on-going.’
South Wales Police earlier described the second incident as ‘serious’, without giving details.
Traffic Wales South said: ‘Heavy congestion travelling in both directions.
‘Emergency services are on scene. Please find alternative route if you’re travelling.’
Cars were seen queueing on the slip road at Junction 24 Coldra on the M4 this morning following a crash around 8am
Officers said the first incident happened around 5am and forced the closure of the Eastbound carriageway between Junctions 29 and 30 at Cardiff Gate
Around 6am, the force tweeted: ‘South Wales Police are currently dealing with a serious incident on the M4 at junction 30 eastbound.
‘The road will be closed until further notice, we would recommend that alternative routes be used. Thank you for your patience and understanding.’
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called to a collision on the M4 near Newport this morning, with multiple resources sent to the scene.’
There were no immediate details on the second crash, but a Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called to an incident near junction 30 of the M4 earlier today, with multiple resources sent to the scene.’