Rice fell off lorry closing 'slippery' M4 near Swindon

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Five pallets of rice fell from a lorry on the M4 at about 02:00 BST

Rice fell off a lorry and closed a motorway after grains stuck in the tarmac made lanes "dangerously slippery".

Five pallets fell on to the westbound carriageway of the M4 near junction 16 Swindon west and 17 Chippenham at about 02:00 BST.

The motorway was closed until 05:15 and lanes one and two were resurfaced before it was "safe enough" for traffic, Highways England said.

The road reopened shortly after 13:00.

On Twitter, officers from Wiltshire Police specialist operations team, said the rice "smells nice".

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Highways England said the lanes would remain closed throughout the day for resurfacing

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