At least four people killed in M5 lorry crash

At least four people killed in M5 lorry crash

At least four people killed in M5 lorry crash

The motorway stays shut in the two headings and drivers have been made a request to maintain a strategic distance from the range, while Avon and Somerset Police said it would stay close "for a lot of time".

We were called at just after 2.30pm to the collision between J14 and J15 involving several vehicles including a lorry. Lorry travelling southbound on M5 just crossed central reservation into oncoming traffic.

A force spokesperson said: "A multi-agency operation is under way on the M5 in South Gloucestershire following a serious collision".

Highways England stated there was six miles of traffic congested northbound of the closure, and two miles stretching southbound.

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"Sadly, at least four people have died", police said.

Huge queues built up behind the crash scene after the motorway was closed in both directions. "One was absolutely destroyed and another had flipped over".

"People are helping as much as they can", he said. "We're going to be stuck here for a few hours yet".

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The lorry that has crashed has hit what M5 commuters will know as a familiar landmark, a windsock next to the road.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service sent six appliances and its Major Rescue Tender to the scene.

Highways England says the motorway is likely to remain closed "late into the evening" on Saturday.

It added drivers on the M4 planning to join the M5 northbound were unable to do so.

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