Police officers hurt in motorway crash

Swindon Advertiser: The wreckage of the police car that crashed on the M4 on Sunday The wreckage of the police car that crashed on the M4 on Sunday

A POLICE officer had to be cut free from his patrol car after another driver ploughed into the back of it on the M4 during a routine speed stop yesterday.

Shortly before 10.45am, the roads policing vehicle, manned by two officers, pulled a car over on the hard shoulder close to the Dauntsey overbridge between Junction 16 at west Swindon and Junction 17 at Chippenham on the westbound carriageway.

While the officers were still in their vehicle, an Audi A3 came onto the hard shoulder and hit it, leaving one of them trapped inside.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Our unit pulled over a car for allegedly speeding on the M4. They stopped the car on the hard shoulder and another car has gone into the back of the police car.

“One of our officers was medically trapped in the car and was cut free before being taken to Great Western Hospital, along with the male driver of the other car and his daughter. The other officer, also a PC, was treated for shock. Everyone had minor injuries and have since been discharged from hospital.

“The road was fully reopened by shortly after noon but the vehicles had only just been recovered by 3pm while the Serious Collision Investigation Team was at the scene investigating.”

Two appliances from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue attended.

A fire service spokesman said: “We got the call at 10.44am and sent two appliances from Stratton and Westlea. One person was medically trapped and had to be cut free.”

While all three lanes were closed initially, by 11.30am traffic flow was only restricted to two lanes, and the motorway was completely cleared by 12.30pm.

A spokesman for South West Ambulance Service said: “There was nothing serious in terms of injuries. The air ambulance were called and two ambulances attended the scene.

“Four walking wounded were taken to First Great Western Hospital for checking over and patching up.”

Motorists faced delays of up to one-and-a-half hours, with normal driving conditions resuming at around 4.45pm.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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12:04pm Mon 6 Jan 14

tucker81 says...

Two cars isn't a pile up
Two cars isn't a pile up tucker81

12:29pm Mon 6 Jan 14

AceOfBase says...

tucker81 wrote:
Two cars isn't a pile up
Because that is what is important here, the correct terminology.
[quote][p][bold]tucker81[/bold] wrote: Two cars isn't a pile up[/p][/quote]Because that is what is important here, the correct terminology. AceOfBase

1:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

tucker81 says...

Considering nobody was seriously hurt, and there were just two vehicles involved, I think it's correct to point out the sensationalist headline
Considering nobody was seriously hurt, and there were just two vehicles involved, I think it's correct to point out the sensationalist headline tucker81

2:24pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Oh dear, wouldn't want to be the driver that hit a Police Car! Thank goodness everyone safe, that's the main thing.
Oh dear, wouldn't want to be the driver that hit a Police Car! Thank goodness everyone safe, that's the main thing. Wiltshirereader

4:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

We came back past that on our way home and they had to cut the roof off the police car, it was in quite a mess. Glad no one was seriously hurt, it could have been much worse.
We came back past that on our way home and they had to cut the roof off the police car, it was in quite a mess. Glad no one was seriously hurt, it could have been much worse. Tonyblairisthedevil

5:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

msw says...

Of all the Police Cars to hit, they write off a 63 plate!!!
Of all the Police Cars to hit, they write off a 63 plate!!! msw

5:59pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LordCharles says...

Oooops!
Oooops! LordCharles

6:00pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Moggy 2 says...

Simply irrelevant of what cars were involved, so long as they are all okay - pieces of metal can be replaced, lives cannot.
Simply irrelevant of what cars were involved, so long as they are all okay - pieces of metal can be replaced, lives cannot. Moggy 2

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