February 25, 2015
Burnham-On-Sea lorry driver killed in M4 motorway crash

A Burnham-On-Sea lorry driver has died after the vehicle he was driving left a motorway and overturned this week.

Wiltshire Police were called to the incident, on the westbound carriageway of the M4 near Swindon, at around 3.25am on Monday after receiving reports of a lorry in a ditch.

The vehicle was carrying up to 40 tonnes of cola and had left the road before falling onto its left side.

Police say the 48-year-old man, from Burnham, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident between junctions 15 and 16.

The driver of the Gregory Distribution vehicle was employed by a contractor and worked for the haulage firm on a permanent basis.

Managing Director John Gregory said in a statement that the company’s sympathies are with his family. "Our condolences go to everyone, it is a great tragedy," he said.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police added: "The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed and our specialist officers are providing support. Officers would like to hear from anyone who was travelling along the M4 between these two junctions and saw the collision."

"Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred."

Pictured: The crash scene next to the M4 motorway where the Burnham man was killed (photos: Richard Wintle - Calyx Pictures)

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