6 January 2015, 13:28
Police investigating a fatal crash on the M4 involving a wild boar, a car and a lorry say that the driver of the car was 47 year old Raymond Green, from Royal Wootton Bassett.
Mr Green was driving a black Seat Ibiza which collided with a wild boar on the M4 eastbound between junctions 17 (Chippenham) and 16 (Swindon West) at about 6.40pm on Monday 5th January.
Police say the car then collided with a white Renault articulated lorry.
Mr Green, the driver of the Seat died at the scene. The man driving the lorry was treated at the scene for minor shoulder injuries.
The area was closed for 8 hours for police to investigate.
Sergeant Steven Love said: "This is a truly tragic incident and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.
"It is quite rare for a wild boar to be on the carriageway of the motorway. It is more common for the police to receive calls involving horses or deer but each is equally dangerous to motorists.
"This was a particularly large wild animal and would have caused considerable damage to any vehicle.
"I would appeal for anyone with any information about the incident to contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Mark Cargill via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.