Horse in M4 crash near Membury Services

Vehicles queue on M4
Image caption Rush-hour traffic was queuing on the M4 eastbound following the crash

A number of vehicles were involved in a serious crash on the M4 after cars hit a horse running across the carriageway.

The M4 was briefly closed eastbound between junctions 14, Hungerford, and 15, Swindon East, after the smash near Membury Services at about 04:45 GMT.

Thames Valley Police said the crash involved five vehicles, including a van which overturned.

The male driver was freed by firefighters and taken to hospital. The horse died at the scene.

Police confirmed no-one else was injured and said the van driver was not thought to have life-threatening injuries.

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