Woman fighting for life after M4 crash
A WOMAN who went to help a driver whose van flipped over on the M4 is fighting for her life after a car transporter collided with them.
The woman, who is 32 and from the Salisbury area, was travelling in a black Audi eastbound along the M4 near Membury Services when she saw a blue Ford Transit van lose control and overturn.
She is thought to have left her vehicle to help the driver and passenger of the van.
It is believed she was standing with the two men on the side of the carriageway when the car transporter smashed into the three of them and their vehicles.
It took until 3am for the police and fire service to free those trapped in the wreckage, during which time the M4 was closed between junction 15 at east Swindon and 14 at Hungerford.
The woman, who suffered life-threatening injuries, and the passenger of the van, who had serious injuries, were airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol for treatment.
The driver of the Ford Transit suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Great Western Hospital.
The driver of the car transporter escaped uninjured.
The families of all those involved have been informed.
Police arrested the driver of the car transporter at the scene on suspicion of causing a serious injury by dangerous driving.
The 52-year-old was later released on bail.
An articulated vehicle was also damaged in the collision and the driver escaped uninjured.
As a result of the crash, police closed the motorway in both directions between junction 15 and 14 at Hungerford at 4.15am to allow officers from the Wiltshire Police Serious Investigation Team to examine the scene.
Lanes one and two of the westbound carriageway were later opened to traffic but the eastbound lane remained closed throughout the night while the investigation was carried out.
Although one lane of the eastbound carriage was opened during rush hour, the closures caused long tailbacks, with commuters delayed for hours while the investigation continued.
It also affected rush hour traffic along the A419 at the Commonhead roundabout and the Great Western Way at Mannington roundabout.
The collision is being investigated by PC Alan Hunt, of the Serious Collision Investigation Team, who is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information should call PC Hunt on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.