DRIVERS are urged to avoid the M4 westbound today after the motorway was closed following a two-lorry collision.
The incident which happened earlier this morning has resulted in a closure of the M4 between junction 15 (Marlborough, Swindon East) and junction 16 (Swindon West).
Two HGVS collided on the westbound carriageway around 3am, causing damage to an extensive section of the central reservation barrier.
Both eastbound and westbound carriageways were initially closed, the westbound remains closed and the eastbound carriageway lanes 2 and 3 eastbound are currently closed past the scene due to barrier damage and debris.
Westbound traffic is currently being diverted via junction 15, following a hollow triangle along the A419, A4259, B4289, B4006 and A3012 to rejoin the M4 at junction 16.
National Highways’ teams are currently repairing a 50-metre section of barrier and clearing debris while Wiltshire Police carry out investigations, and the westbound carriageway is anticipated to be closed for most of the morning.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Shortly before 3am today (02/04) we were called to a two-vehicle road traffic collision on the westbound carriageway of the M4 between junctions 15 and 16.
“It involved two HGVs and damage was caused to the central reservation. The driver of one of the vehicles has been taken to Great Western Hospital.
“The westbound carriageway is currently completely closed between those two junctions, while only one lane is open on the eastbound carriageway.
“Teams are working to clear the scene and we hope to have an update later this morning.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience and advise people to find alternative routes.”