South East Wales

Four injured in six-vehicle collision on M4 at Newport

M4 tailbacks near Newport
Image caption Traffic stretched for several miles after the M4 reopened

Four people have been taken to hospital following a six-vehicle crash which shut the M4 at Newport.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said three casualties were taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport with neck and back injuries.

A fourth, with serious spinal injuries, was flown to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

The motorway was closed for a time to allow an air ambulance to land.

Long tailbacks built up following the incident on the westbound carriageway between junctions 24 at Coldra and 25 at Caerleon on Friday.

All lanes were reopened shortly before 17:00 BST but there were reports of nine- mile queues stretching from Newport to the Severn Crossing.

The Welsh Ambulance Service sent two rapid response vehicles and two ambulances to the scene.

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