M4 traffic hell: Motorway CLOSED in both directions as lorry fire causes chaos

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Lanes between junctions 16 and 17 in both directions were closed due to the incident. According to the police, a lorry carrying hay bales caught fire on the motorway. Wiltshire Police also warned the closure may last for a “considerable amount of time”. 

They said: “The M4 is currently closed in both directions between junction 16 and 17 due to a fire involving a lorry carrying hay bales.

“We are supporting colleagues from the fire service at scene and this closure is expected to remain in place for a considerable amount of time.”

Wiltshire Specialist Operations are also at the scene and dealing with the incident. 

They said: “RPU are dealing with a large vehicle fire J17 M4 causing large delays.”

National Highways South-West also added: “M4 westbound exit sliproad at J17 (Chippenham, Cirencester) is closed due to a large lorry fire.

“The lorry was transporting hay so we expect the fire to take some effort to put out. 1 lane (of 3) also closed J16-J17.

“Traffic now stopped on the M4 eastbound J16-J17 whilst Fire Rescue deal with the hay lorry which is on fire.

“Due to drifting smoke traffic has been stopped in both directions now on the M4 J16-J17 near Chippenham.”

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“Diversion – via the roundabout and back onto the motorway.”

On Monday morning, a crash was reported on the motorway. 

Two vans and a car were involved in the incident. 

One lane was closed eastbound between junction 24 Coldra and junction 23A Magor Services near Newport.

Lanes reopened at 7.36 but heavy traffic was reported on approach.

Congestion and traffic eased and was back to normal by 8.30am. 



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