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THOUSANDS of holidaymakers were stuck in 14-mile jams yesterday when an overturned juggernaut blocked both carriageways of the M4.

The queues were made worse when a pregnant woman thought she was going into labour and police and paramedics had to launch a dramatic rescue operation. It turned out to be a false alarm.

The massive jams built up on the busiest day of the summer - at the start of the school holidays - after the 41-ton lorry crashed, spilling 100 gallons of diesel onto the M4 near Reading, Berkshire.

A rescue helicopter was called to the jams after the mother-to-be's frantic husband dialled 999 - but she was eventually taken to hospital by ambulance.

Thousands of motorists heading for a big air tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire were caught up in the tailbacks.

But aircraft at the show were grounded after a military plane burst into flames as it landed on the runway.

The nosewheel of an Italian G222 collapsed as it landed on the strip. No-one was hurt.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2002
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