Man killed by wild boar on Wiltshire road

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Wild boar in wood. Boar in dirt
Wild boar in wood. Boar in dirt




A motorist has been killed after crashing into a wild boar in Wiltshire yesterday (Tuesday).

The 47-year-old man was driving on the M4 between Chippenham and Swindon in Wiltshire at 6.40pm yesterday.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.


His Seat Ibiza collided with the wild pig on lane two of the motorway before being hit by a white Renault articulated lorry. Words: PA

The victim, from Royal Wootton Bassett, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed.


man killed after crashing into wild boar in Wiltshire
man killed after crashing into wild boar in Wiltshire




The driver of the lorry received treatment at the scene for minor shoulder injuries.

Wiltshire Police closed the road for eight hours while the Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene.

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 may be left anonymously.

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