Drivers have described a horror crash between two lorries and a minibus that injured six people and left three of them fighting for their lives as the ‘worst accident they’ve ever seen’.
Air ambulances were called in to take away those who were hurt, which includes three people with life-threatening injuries according to South Central Ambulance Service.
All six lanes of the M4 in Berkshire were closed on Thursday as the helicopters landed on the carriageway.
Eastbound traffic on the motorway is likely to remain closed ‘for a significant amount of time’, Thames Valley Police said.
Long tailbacks have built up on the M4 after a three-vehicle crash near Newbury today
The crash happened at around 12.20pm on the eastbound stretch of road between Chieveley and Hungerford, which are junctions 13 and 14 of the motorway.
The police have asked those caught in the traffic from the accident to stay inside their cars so emergency vehicles can get through.
Officers are also trying to turn around motorists stuck in gridlock.
A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We currently have multiple resources including the air ambulance at the scene of a serious collision on the £M4 eastbound between junctions 14 and 13. We are working with @tvprp and @RBFRSofficial. Road is likely to be closed for several hours. Please avoid the area & take alternative routes.
‘We have taken three paitients with life-threatening injuries to hospital, along with three further patients with less serious injuries following the collision between a lorry and minibus.’
Motorist James Lloyd wrote: ‘M4 closed due to worst accident I’ve ever seen in many years of driving. Avoid area and if you’re caught in the tail back be patient…. I promise you don’t want to get past it until emergency services are finished.’
Traffic cameras show one carriageway of the three-lane motorway completely blocked
A spokesman for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘At 12:28pm on Thursday, 11 October, we received reports of a serious road traffic collision involving a heavy goods vehicle and a mini bus on the M4 eastbound between J14 (A338) and J13 (A34).
‘Two crews from Newbury Fire Station and the Heavy Rescue Unit from Dee Road Fire Station were sent to the scene, alongside crews from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
‘Crews supported South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police at the incident. They were on the scene for around two hours.’