M8 crash: commuters face major delays on Scotland's busiest motorway following serious accident

Scotland’s busiest motorway has been shut following a serious crash which has delayed commuters for up to three hours.

Friday, 2nd October 2020, 11:40 am

The road is closed near Harthill, at J 4a westbound and J 5 eastbound, following one accident which happened at 4am on Friday 2 October.

Tailbacks are stretching as far back as Newhouse.

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The busy road is also blocked eastbound, between J 6a and 4a at Chapelhall, due to a separate crash.

Traffic queuing up on the M8 stretching back to Newhouse following an accident between J4a and J5, and a separate accident at J6 picture: Traffic Scotland
Traffic queuing up on the M8 stretching back to Newhouse following an accident between J4a and J5, and a separate accident at J6 picture: Traffic Scotland

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It is not known yet whether anyone has been injured in the two incidents.

At 10:55, Traffic Scotland tweeted: "Unconfirmed reports of 3+ hour delays E/B."

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers remain in attendance at a road traffic incident on the M8 near to junction 5 at Shotts.

"Emergency services are still at the scene and the road is expected to remain closed for some time."

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