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'At least four dead' after M5 crash

'At least four dead' after M5 crash

Highways England warned of "long delays" and said there was a six-mile queue northbound between junction 18 for Avonmouth and 16 for Almondsbury.

At just before 2.30pm, a lorry travelling southbound went through the central reservation and was in collision with at least two other vehicles in the northbound carriageway.

The motorway is closed in both directions after the crash, which happened at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

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".

The fatal accident on the M5 happened just three weeks after eight people were killed on the M1 motorway in a collision involving a minibus and two lorries.

Highways England says traffic is trapped for around five miles. "One was absolutely destroyed and another had flipped over".

Paramedics touched base on the scene around six minutes after the fact and the lady Dr Hamed had been helping was taken away by emergency vehicle to healing center. "We're going to be stuck here for a few hours yet".

Local reports said rescue crews attempting to reach the scene became stuck in traffic after motorists tried to escape the gridlock by driving the wrong way up the hard shoulder.

"Several people offered us water and one man came out of his vehicle to give food".

Another person wrote the lorry had crashed through the central reservation and drove off the road.

"There are now 13 ambulances at the scene including a critical care team".

"Early expectation is that the M5 will remain closed in both directions late into this evening".

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