Driver dies after huge lorry crash closes M4 for rest of day

The driver of a lorry involved in a horror crash on the M4 Severn Bridge has died.

The bridge is still closed in both directions after the horror crash this morning.

Traffic camera pictures from the scene seem to show that a lorry careered off the motorway near the Welsh end of the bridge.

Gwent Police said they were responding to reports that a lorry had "driven down the embankment and onto land alongside the M4 westbound at the end of the bridge."

The lorry is believed to have hit the central reservation and then ended up off the road before plunging down a hill, where it came to a stop on its side.

The major road is closed in both directions as accident investigation work is carried out at the scene.

Gwent Police has urged motorists to avoid the area if they can. South Western Ambulance Service confirmed that one man was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Police are warning rush hour drivers that the bridge is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day as engineers are assessing the damage.

Chief Inspector of Operational Support, 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.

“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. We are advising motorists to make alternative routes today.

“Officers are now investigating the circumstances of the collision and asking anyone with any information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dash cam footage is urged to contact Gwent Police on 101 or Direct Message us on Facebook or Twitter, quoting log 129 04/09/19.”

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