Second victim of fatal M4 crash named

This Is Wiltshire: The aftermath of the crash scene on the M4 on Monday morning The aftermath of the crash scene on the M4 on Monday morning

THE second of three men to die following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the M4 on Monday has been identified.

The incident involved a van and a lorry and took place on the westbound carriageway close to junction 17 at Chippenham shortly after 4.30am.

Two men travelling in the van were pronounced dead at the scene and two other men, also travelling in the van, were taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries.

One of these men died from his injuries on Wednesday.

This man has now been positively identified as James Vernon Stark, 37, of Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

Another victim was formally identified as Martin Williams, 36, of Trecynon, Wales, yesterday.

Formal identification of the third victim is likely to be concluded in the next few days.

The remaining victim remains in hospital in a critical condition.

A fifth male, who was driving the van, was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon with minor injuries but was released the same morning.

A 37-year-old man from Aberdare was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The M4 westbound was closed for a total of 9 hours while recovery of the vehicles took place.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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