Woman dies as crash closes M4 motorway in Berkshire

Empty M4 motorway Image copyright Highways England
Image caption Traffic trapped behind the accident was released past the scene of the crash

A woman has died and four people were injured after a minibus overturned, forcing the closure of the M4.

The motorway was shut both ways between Hungerford and Swindon East due to the crash on the westbound carriageway shortly after 11:30 BST.

The Highways Agency said the road reopened eastbound by 13:00.

Trapped westbound traffic was released past the scene by 14:45 but the carriageway remained shut until 16:30.

The woman was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she later died.

Investigating officer, PC James Baker of the Joint Roads Policing Unit, said: "This is another tragic incident on our roads, and our thoughts are with all those who have been effected."

He appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact police.

Tailbacks were reported from the site of the crash, near Membury Services, between junctions 14 and 15 in Berkshire, back to junction 13 at Newbury.

Traffic was diverted from junction 14 via the A338, A4, B4192 and A419 to junction 15.

On Thursday, a crash on the eastbound side, between Hungerford and Newbury, resulted in the deaths of three people.

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