Traffic chaos as helicopter lands on M8 motorway after serious crash

Road users have reported delays of up to an hour as emergency services attend to the crash.

Drivers face lengthy delays after serious crash at Heartlands closes M8 motorway westbound Police Scotland

A busy stretch of a major motorway was closed following a serious crash as drivers faced lengthy delays.

A section of the M8 westbound was closed at around 5pm on Monday, October 17 at Junction 4A Heartlands due to a serious crash between Junction 4A and Junction 5.

Traffic Scotland warned that road users should use an alternative route and allow additional time for their journey.

A medical helicopter was in attendance to assist. It is currently unclear the extent of the crash or if there are injuries.

Traffic held between 4A and the collision near to Harthill Services was being turned by Police Scotland motorbikes at 6.30pm.

Road Police Scotland said anyone with urgent needs could speak to the officers dealing with traffic flow at Junction 4A.

At 7pm, the M8 westbound remained closed with approximate delays of around 90 minutes while a diversion was in place at J4A Heartlands to B7066 Harthill. 

Vehicles rejoined the M8 at Junction 5.

Shortly before 6pm, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Emergency services are at the scene of a crash on the M8 westbound near junction five at Harthill.

“The incident was reported shortly after 4pm on Monday, October 17.

“The road is currently closed.”

The Road Policing Unit added: “We are trying our best to keep traffic moving westbound.

“We have officers on junctions / points at Heartlands Services roundabouts and the Harthill Road to give priority to traffic leaving the motorway on the diversion route.

“Traffic held between 4A and the RTC near to Harthill services is being turned by our motorbikes at the moment. Anyone with urgent needs can speak to the officers dealing with traffic flow at 4A.”

The force confirmed at 9.40pm that the M8 westbound Junction 4A had reopened.

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