Three hospitalised after spate of incidents on M4 near Swansea
THREE motorists were hospitalised after three separate incidents in less than two hours on the M4 motorway near Swansea.
The driver of a Land Rover was taken to Morriston Hospital with serious injuries following the first incident which happened at 7.51am yesterday on the eastbound carriageway at junction 43 at Llandarcy.
A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed a person was trapped inside the vehicle which had overturned.
He added: "A patient was taken to Morriston Hospital."
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A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed firefighters from Neath and Morriston were sent to the scene.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said the incident involved a Land Rover which had overturned and come to a rest on a grass embankment.
He said: "Serious injuries were sustained by the driver of the vehicle.
"Investigations are ongoing."
A Welsh Government spokesman said: "A road traffic collision occurred yesterday morning at approximately 7.55am on the M4 eastbound between the slip roads at junction 43 that resulted in a vehicle leaving the carriageway.
"In order to enable the emergency services to effectively deal with the incident and to get traffic moving a diversion route was established that led traffic off the M4 at J43 and then immediately back on at the same junction.
"Both lanes were reopened at approximately 11:30am.
"There was significant congestion in both directions due to this incident and we would like to thank those that were held up for their patience."
Ambulance crews were also called to a second incident which happened close by.
The Welsh Ambulance Service dispatched crews at 8.52am to junction 44 on the M4 motorway at Birchgrove.
A spokesman for the service said: "A patient was taken to Morriston Hospital with back injuries."
Less than an hour later ambulance crews were called to a third collision on the motorway.
The incident happened at 9.25am and involved a car and a lorry at junction 46 of the M4 at Llangyfelach.
Ambulance crews conveyed a patient to Morriston Hospital but a spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service could not provide details of the severity of the incident or the extent of injuries caused.
One 50-year-old motorist from Swansea was one of those caught in the traffic chaos sparked by the initial incident said: "As soon as I got on the motorway at Llangyfelach there was a sold line of traffic as far as the eye could see.
"It was very slow moving."