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Two injured in runaway car crash

A runaway car has collided with another vehicle and crashed into a roadside hotel leaving two people injured.

The Volkswagen Touran smashed into an Audi A3 on the A4 near Reading, Berks, on Thursday morning before continuing into the wall of a Holiday Inn hotel.

Police believe the owner had offloaded a caravan at a nearby site, but left the automatic car in the drive gear, causing it to move.

An air ambulance was called and two people were taken to hospital.

A stretch of the A4 Bath Road, between Newbury and Reading, was closed in both directions after the accident at 0845 BST.

The road was reopened later on Thursday morning.

An air ambulance was called to the incident involving two cars and two people were taken to hospital.

A police spokeswoman said the driver appeared to be attempting to regain control of the car at the time of the collision.

The car continued into the hotel after the accident, but caused minimal damage to the property, she added.

Emergency services confirmed the 68-year-old male driver of the Volkswagen was airlifted and the 31-year-old female driver of the Audi was taken by ambulance, both to Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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