M4 crash causes motorway mayhem
September 18, 2012
A three car crash caused "mayhem" near junction 10 of the M4 yesterday evening.
The collision happened near the slip road on the westbound carriageway of the motorway at around 9.10pm and when firefighters arrived they found cars strewn across the road and a person lying in the middle of one of the lanes.
It is unclear how the crash happened but no-one was seriously injured.
Despite the chaos, firefighters said other traffic was "not behaving" and was driving at full speed around the incident.
Roy Buckland, crew manager at Wokingham Road fire station, said: "It was mayhem when we got there. Two lanes were blocked by one damaged car another was in the barrier in the hard shoulder. The third had travelled on for about 400m and pulled over.
"The slip road was blocked with debris and there was a man lying next to his car in the middle lane. He was shocked as his car was quite crumpled but luckily he had no visible injuries.
"We were told one person was trapped in a car but fortunately when we went to the door it opened and she jumped straight out.
"To be honest, other drivers were not behaving - they just drove around it at full speed like it was an island."
Watch manager Buckland said they managed to filter traffic into the outside lane and that slowed the flow down, making the situation safer for them to work in.
He also praised the work of the Highways Agency who helped clear the scene and the police.
The cars involved were a Vauxhall Vectra, a Vauxhall Astra estate and a Mercedes.