Biker dies and M4 eastbound closed on second Severn Crossing

Emergency services at the crash scene
Image caption Five lanes of the crossing over the Severn were shut to deal with the fatal crash

A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the second Severn Crossing, which closed the M4 eastbound.

The man was declared dead at the scene following the alert at around 17:50 BST on Friday, said Gwent Police.

The eastbound crossing was closed at junction 23 for the M48 for six hours for emergency and accident investigation work.

Traffic tailed back to the Coldra roundabout and was diverted along the old Severn Bridge.

Image caption The crash caused long delays and disruption in both directions

However, the alternative M48 route was restricted to one lane due to high winds.

Two westbound lanes were initially shut so that emergency services could reach the scene. There was stop-start traffic into south Wales reported for 12 miles.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed crews were at the scene.

Early reports were of a multi-vehicle crash but in a statement, Gwent Police said one vehicle had been involved.

Kevin Bird, from Southampton, said he was caught in the westbound delays for around 40 minutes before he and his wife were able to pass the scene of the crash.

He said: "It was almost in the middle.

"There were lots of fire crews running around. There was no ambulance still there by then.

"We were down to a single lane going westbound. The inside lane was open and the two outer lanes were closed. Once you were past, it was all clear."

Image caption Queues at junction 22 of the M4 following the crash on the bridge

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