Five people were killed Monday after a car drove the wrong way down the M4 motorway, whilst being pursued by police, and crashed into another vehicle.
The accident involving a Ford Mondeo and a Volvo 940 happened on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 in Newport, south Wales.
Three male passengers in one car died at the scene and a fourth was rushed to the Royal Gwent Hospital after suffering multiple injuries. A man and a woman in the second car also died at the scene.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) admitted it is investigating the incident which occurred shortly after 3.00am.
"It has emerged that at around 3.00am this morning a marked police vehicle had reason to try and stop a car containing four male occupants," IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies said in a brief statement.
"Early indications are that the vehicle being pursued took a turn on to the motorway in the wrong direction.
"Both Gwent Police and South Wales Police road traffic investigators are cooperating with our team who have been at the scene since the early hours of the morning."
There are currently huge tailbacks stretching up to seven miles after police shut the motorway in both directions from junctions 24 to 28.
"Every effort is being made to open up the carriageways of the M4 as soon as possible," a police spokesman said Monday.
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