VIDEOS: Dramatic footage of cars on fire close to explosives carrying van
QUICK-THINKING fire fighters winched a van carrying explosives from an inferno on the M4.
The vehicle was involved in a rush hour pile-up that led to the closure of the Briton Ferry bridge.
Morriston fire station manager Mark Shepherd said there were four vehicles involved in the main impact.
The vehicle at the rear was a van which contained explosive cylinders and detonators used in railway engineering work.
Mr Shepherd said the second vehicle was burnt out and that the flames spread to the engine compartment of the one behind, which was next to the van.
“Luckily we had two experienced officers in charge,” he said.
“They saw the warning signs on the van and used the winch from the pump to pull the van out of the way.”
At the same time their colleagues from Neath and Port Talbot dealt with the main fire, which also damaged the rear of the front vehicle.
Crews were called at 7.12am yesterday and traffic backed up as far as junction 46 in Llangyfelach.
Three people had to be taken to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital with minor injuries.
Motorway traffic was diverted along the old Briton Ferry Bridge.
A police spokesman said: “There were four vehicles involved in the accident, three were on fire.
“The fire service was in attendance and there were closures on the M4 both eastbound and westbound.
“It was closed westbound prior to junction 41 and eastbound all traffic was going off onto the old Briton Ferry Bridge.”
A fire service spokeswoman added: “There was heavy congestion as both carriageways were closed.”
An ambulance spokeswoman added: “We were called at 7.16am today to reports of a road traffic collision on the eastbound carriageway of the M4, near Llandarcy.
“We sent two emergency ambulances to the scene, and three people with minor injuries were taken to Morriston Hospital.”