THOUSANDS OF bank holiday motorists were left in jams yesterday after three major road crashes in 15 minutes on a short stretch of motorway.
One motorist, in his 40s, was left fighting for his life after his vehicle cartwheeled 12ft down an embankment at junction 17 on the M4 motorway near Chippenham, Wiltshire, at about midday.
Just 15 minutes before, a caravan had jack-knifed and blocked all three lanes on the eastbound carriageway at junction 15. Minutes later, a BMW driver on the westbound carriageway looking at the accident smashed into another car. The motorway was closed for nearly three hours while wreckage was cleared.
In other parts of the country, traffic was heavy. AA Roadwatch estimated that 15 million cars will be on the roads during the weekend, and has warned that traffic jams will be particularly severe on routes to Blackpool and North Wales.
Travel operators report that 1. …