Two dead in 'wrong-way' M4 crash in Berkshire

Two drivers have died in a crash on the M4 in Berkshire.

A Mazda 323 and a Volkswagen Passat collided shortly after 22:30 BST on Saturday between the eastbound Chieveley and Hungerford junctions.

The 82-year-old Mazda driver died at the scene and a 48 year-old man driving the Passat died later in hospital. Both came from Swindon.

Police are investigating whether one of the cars was travelling in the wrong direction, against the flow of traffic.

And an elderly woman passenger, who was in the Mazda, is in a critical condition in hospital in Oxford.

'Very severe'

Sgt Dick Thorpe from Thames Valley Police said a 999 call was received about a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction against the flow of the eastbound traffic, shortly before the crash happened.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who was on the M4 at this time and witnessed the collision, or saw a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction.

"It was a very difficult scene, not just for police, but all the emergency services.

"The consequences of these type of collisions tend to be very severe."

He added the weather conditions were "damp and drizzly" at the time and the crash happened on an unlit section of the motorway.

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