A POLICEMAN had to be cut free from his car following a two-car crash on the M4 near the Dauntsey bridge around 10.45am this morning (January 5, 2014).

The marked police vehicle was stationary on the hard shoulder parked behind an Audi A4 estate when a black Audi A3  crashed into it and propelled it into the Audi A4.

The officer suffered chest and neck injuries and the driver of the Audi A3 suffered a hip injury as a result of the crash, however,  the driver of the A4 was uninjured.

Following the crash  firefighters cut the policeman free and he was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon via land ambulance. It is expected that he will be released from hospital later today.

The male driver of the Audi A3 and a child passenger were taken to hospital as a precaution.

A stretch of the M4 between junction 16 and 17 westbound was closed following the incident.

Two lanes of the M4 were re-opened shortly after 11.30am and the road was fully reopened just before 12.30pm.

The Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wiltshire Police are now investigating the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.