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Truck driver delivering hay to flood victims dies

  • 14 February 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

A truck driver delivering hay to farmers affected by floods in Somerset died this week when his vehicle left the motorway.

His white Volvo artic was found in a ditch just off the main M4 carriageway between junctions 17 (Chippenham) and 18 (Bristol) at around 7am on Wednesday 12 February.

Police are investigating the cause of the incident, which occurred just a few miles west of the Leigh Delamere Services.

The driver, a 62-year-old man from St Breward in Cornwall, died at the scene.

Wiltshire police have asked anyone who witnessed the accident on the M4 on Wednesday morning to contact PC David Williams of the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

In a separate incident, a Tesco tractor unit pulling an Eddie Stobart trailer of hay overturned in high winds on the B4042 route in Brinkworth, near Swindon, on Wednesday. The driver was unharmed.

The Highways Agency (HA) has issued a warning to drivers of high-sided vehicles for today and tomorrow, as strong winds continue across the South.

Wind speeds of up to 70mph have been forecast and are expected to continue into Saturday (15 February).

The HA is urging drivers to avoid the Severn Crossing, Avonmouth Bridge, Dartford Crossing and Sheppey Crossing in particular. The Orwell Crossing in Suffolk will also be closed overnight from 10pm today (14 February).


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