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Last Updated: Monday, 17 September 2007, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Five die in crash on M4 motorway
Scene of the collision on the M4
Five people have died in the collision
Five people have died and a sixth has been seriously injured in a collision between two cars on the M4 motorway.

Gwent Police have confirmed three men from one car and a couple in a second car died in the early morning crash.

An 18-year-old man has also been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport with multiple fractures.

The M4 is closed between J24 (Coldra) and J28 (Tredegar Park) eastbound and J24 and J26 (Malpas Road) westbound.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said they will be investigating the crash because there was some police involvement before the accident.

Gwent Police has said the motorway will be closed for the foreseeable future, and they are urging motorists to avoid the area.

M4 westbound, between J28 and J29
Gwent Police have said the M4 will be closed for some time

The crash happened on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 between junctions 25A and 25 in Newport, just before the Brynglas tunnels, at around 0315 BST on Monday.

The two cars involved were a red Ford Mondeo and a red Volvo 940.

Diversions have been put in place for drivers eastbound to leave the motorway at J24 and travel west on the A48 Southern Distributor road towards Newport.

Every effort is being made to open up the carriageways of the M4 as soon as possible
Gwent Police

There are currently tailbacks of up to five miles back to J23A (Magor Services).

A police spokesman said: "The closure is expected to last throughout the morning rush hour.

"Accordingly, Gwent Police has advised motorists this morning to avoid the motorway and seek alternate routes at the earliest opportunity, to complete their journeys.

"Every effort is being made to open up the carriageways of the M4 as soon as possible."

Location map

Westbound traffic is being diverted off onto the distributor road at J28 and there are seven miles of tailbacks reported back to J30 (Cardiff Gate).

There are long queues also on the A48M in St Mellons and queues go back to the Pontprennau area in Cardiff.

The A48 from St Mellons to Tredegar Park is also heavily congested.

Traffic is reported heavy on the A470 southbound into Cardiff from Upper Boat but so far the A449 down to the Coldra has not become congested.

But the A470 northbound is also congested ad driver try to find alternative routes head up the A465 Head of the Valleys.

Traffic on the A465 is also reported as being congested.

Last month the M4 was closed around Newport for many hours after a lorry driver died in an accident at Tredegar Park.

At their worst, tailbacks for drivers after that crash reached 10-miles.


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