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A lorry fire on the M4 just before lunchtime on Friday (April 7) has caused the motorway to be closed heading away from London.

Highways England reported the fire at around 11.45am and the road has been closed westbound between Junction 6 and Junction 8 and there are severe delays in the area.

Pictures from the scene show smoke billowing and queues building up.

A statement from Highways England said: "M4 is now closed W/B between J6 and J8/9 due to an incident and heavy vehicle fire."

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Woman sustained neck injury

The spokesman for the ambulance service added: “Three patients were treated.

“One was a female patient who sustained a possible neck injury, another was a male who sustained an arm injury - both were in there 30s and taken to “Wrexham Park following being treated at the scene.

“A male in his 40s was treated for non life threatening injuries at the scene and did not need hospital treatment.”

Ambulance called

A statement from South Central Ambulance Service said: “We received the call at 11.05am to a two vehicle RTC.

“Two ambulance officers and an ambulance crew were sent to the scene.

There were three patients treated at the scene.

Traffic finally easing

Traffic easing, earlier vehicle fire on M4 Westbound between J6 A355 (Slough / Windsor) and J8/9 A404(M) / A308M Maidenhead.

All lanes open, severe delays still

This is the latest from Highways England on the M4.

Latest traffic

Very slow traffic due to earlier vehicle fire on M4 Westbound between J6 A355 (Slough / Windsor) and J8/9 A404(M) / A308M Maidenhead, congestion on M4 to J5 A4 (Langley). All lanes have been re-opened.
Lanes two and three (of three) re-opened just after 12:15. Lane one re-opened just after 12:55.

Full story so far

We’ve put together a quick video to explain everything we know so far about the crash.

Traffic around M4

Traffic on the M4 after the lorry fire
Traffic on the M4 after the lorry fire (Image: Google Maps )

Here is the current traffic picture on the M4 according to Google Maps.

The M4 itself is still heavily congested

Police confirm two vehicle crash

Thames Valley Police have confirmed the two vehicle crash in a tweet posted at around 11.22am.

Two lanes are now open but the traffic is still badly congested on the motorway.

Two lanes open - still congested

One lane closed and very slow traffic due to lorry fire on M4 Westbound between J6 A355 (Slough / Windsor) and J8/9 A404(M) / A308M Maidenhead, congestion on M4 to J5 A4 (Langley).
Lanes two and three (of three) re-opened just after 12:15. Lane one remains closed for recovery work.

M4 blocked

The M4 is blocked along the westbound carriageway because of the lorry fire.