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M8 closed after up to 15 vehicles involved in crashes

Four people were taken to hospital after a series of early morning collisions on the ice covered motorway.

M8 crash: Up to 15 vehicles involved

Up to 15 vehicles were involved in collisions on the M8 which forced the closure of the busy motorway for hours.

Four people were taken to hospital after a series of crashes on the icy motorway, about 6.55am on Wednesday, at junction five Harthill and junction six Newhouse.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and treated those injured and help to control traffic on the motorway, which was covered in black ice.

A Strathclyde Fire & Rescue officer, who was on his way to work, helped at the scene until police and his colleagues arrived.

The road finally re-opened at around 10.20am after the road was gritted and the vehicles involved in collisions could be removed.

The casualties included an elderly man suffering from head injuries who was taken to Monklands Hospital.

Superintendent Alan Speirs, of Strathclyde Police, said: "Our enquiries into the crashes are ongoing, however, I would like to remind drivers that just because the snow is away, it does not necessarily mean that the roads are clear.

"This weather has been difficult and the colder conditions look set to continue for the next month or so, therefore, it is imperative that drivers be aware of hazardous conditions and make sure they drive with extreme care.

"That said, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who may have incurred delays in there journey this morning for their patience."

A Strathclyde Fire & Rescue spokesman added: "By chance, an officer of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue travelling to work came across the incident soon after it had happened.

"The officer quickly assessed the situation and called for necessary emergency service resources.

"Appliances from Shotts , Motherwell and Easterhouse community fire stations arrived quickly at the scene, soon joined by appliances from Hamilton and Coatbridge.

"Fire crews helped paramedics to treat casualties and ensure that the scene was kept safe by controlling traffic and dealing with potential fire risks."

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