A329m closure: Man arrested on suspicion of drug driving after two people working at side of road seriously injured in collision

A 30-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving following a serious incident on the A329m this afternoon.

Thames Valley Police closed the road to traffic heading to Reading between the Winnersh Showcase roundabout and the Suttons Seeds roundabout at lunchtime today.

The northbound carriageway of the A329 is expected to remain closed for a number of hours for a police investigation and vehicle recovery. Diversions are in place.

The road is open for traffic heading from Reading towards Wokingham.

In a statement, police said that an Iveco Daily pick-up was in a collision with a Ford Transit Highways Maintenance van, which had been parked at the side of the road, at around 12.15pm.

It is not yet known what happened, but a team of contractors have been undergoing the biannual husbandry works at the side of the road, removing branches and foliage and ensuring signs can be seen.

Thames Valley Police said that while the driver of the pick-up truck sustained minor injuries, two people working at the side of the road were seriously injured.

They have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment. They remain there at this time and their next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the Ford Transit Highways Maintenance van was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital with minor injuries and remains there at this time.

A man, aged 30, from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drug driving. He’s currently in police custody.

In a statement, investigating officer, PC James Baker of the Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Unit said: “This is a serious collision and we are in the early stages of an investigation to establish what has happened.

“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw either of these vehicles before the collision.

“We would also like drivers in the area at this time to check any dash-cam footage which could help with the investigation.

“Please contact Thames Valley Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting 561 (21/6).

“You can also make a report by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or make a report online.”

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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