South East Wales

Newport M4 crash driver and passenger still in hospital

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Image caption Accident investigations were being carried out on the eastbound carriageway on the M4

Two people remain in hospital after a crash which closed part of the M4 in Newport for seven hours on Tuesday.

A lorry, car and a coach carrying 57 people, most of them foreign students, collided on the eastbound carriageway at junction 25 (Caerleon) at 09:30 GMT.

The bus driver is being treated at Morriston Hospital in Swansea and one passenger is in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Both are stable.

Gwent Police officers have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

Eleven other people were injured in the crash.

At one stage both carriageways of the motorway were closed to allow the air ambulance to land and fly the coach driver to Morriston, and then for examiners to carry out investigations.

The closures caused tailbacks as far as the Second Severn Crossing and eastern Cardiff.

All lanes on the motorway had reopened by 17:00 GMT, although traffic remained slow-moving.

More than 50 overseas students were on the coach. It is understood they had been on a sports tour of Wales.

Several people were treated for minor injuries at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and one had been admitted with more serious injuries, said a spokesman for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Two off-site triage centres were also set up.

Anyone with information on the crash should ring 101, or 01633 838111 if calling from outside the Gwent area, and quote log 91 04/02/14.

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