Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Some closures still in place after fatal M5 crash

m5 crash

6:52pm 18th September 2017
(Updated 6:52pm 18th September 2017)

Police say four people have died after a serious crash on the busy M5.

A woman and two children are said to be critical but stable in hospital after the collision in South Gloucestershire.

Police say at least two vehicles were involved, after a lorry careered through the central reservation.

It happened not far past Bristol on Saturday afternoon and the road was closed in both directions.

Avon and Somerset Police said a "multi-agency operation" was launced at around 2.30pm.

Twitter user @littleglob1 posted the photo above, saying they were around 30 cars back from the scene.

They said: "Stuck on M5. Major incident. Truck crossed central barrier from southbound onto northbound, just after Bristol. M5 closed. Traffic stopped N&S".

On Saturday night, Avon and Somerset Police said emergency services were working tirelessly at the scene.

A force spokesperson said: "At just before 2.30pm, a lorry travelling southbound went through the central reservation and was in collision with at least two cars in the northbound carriageway.

"Four people have died in this collision.

"Three people - a woman and two children - have been injured and taken to hospitals in Bristol. They are in a life-threatening condition.

"The lorry driver was also taken to hospital to be checked over as a precaution".

Superintendent Simon Ellis said: "This was a horrific incident which has tragically claimed the lives of four people and seriously injured three others. Our thoughts are very much with their families and friends during what is an extremely difficult time.

"I’d like to thank the emergency services personnel who have been working extraordinarily long hours at a very complex scene to ensure a thorough investigation is carried out and the road is cleared as quickly as possible.

"I’d also like to once again praise the members of the public who courageously went to the aid of those involved in this collision and in some cases rescued them from their vehicles. Their bravery and composure must be commended.

"I fully appreciate how disruptive the closures have been during the past 24 hours and I’d like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank the public for their patience.

"We still have some work to do and lane one will remain closed while this is completed but I fully expect the carriageway to reopen completely sometime tomorrow".

Above: Scenes of queueing traffic on Saturday evening, approaching the diversions.

The M5 remained closed in both directions overnight on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, Highways England confirmed the southbound carriageway had re-opened.

Northbound remained closed on Sunday and Highways England said they expected one lane to remain shut for most of Monday.

Duty operations manager Bev Mears said: "We anticipate the closure of lane one will cause some delays tomorrow during peak times so we would advise drivers to allow additional time for their journeys and use an alternative route where possible. We would also like to thank drivers for their patience and cooperation so far.

She continued: "Highways England would like to echo the sympathy of police colleagues to those affected by this tragic incident and thank the emergency services with whom we have worked closely alongside, along with the public, for their cooperation and patience".

This is likely to affect your journey if you are heading up country from Cornwall and you can check the latest information here.

6:52pm 18th September 2017

Share This Story

some great deals from pirate fm

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Suggested articles
andrew payne

Crowdfunder launches after a fatal crash on Cornwall's A38

Friends described Andrew as a 'cheeky legend'

camborne hayle crash

BREAKING: Man suffers life-changing injuries after A30 crash

The road is closed between Camborne and Hayle

A30 crash

A police update after serious crash on the A30

The collision shut the road for seven hours

police 2

A teenager is fighting for life after crash off A38

Police say a car lost control at Liskeard and hit a tree

Suggested articles

Trending in Cornwall

BREAKING: Man suffers life-changing injuries after A30 crash

The road is closed between Camborne and Hayle

Plymouth dad jailed after shaking six-month-old baby

The tot was rushed to hospital but couldn't be saved

68 deaths on south-west roads in a year

Devon and Cornwall crime tsar calls for more funding

PHOTOS: What a geothermal-heated spa in Penzance could look like

Planning permission has been given to Jubilee Pool

Head-on crash closes a stretch of Cornwall's A38

The road has now cleared near Bodmin

Desperate appeal to help Cornwall man with terminal cancer

His girlfriend is Crowdfunding for a trip to Florida

VIDEO: Three men jailed after this knifepoint robbery

CCTV shows a Plymouth shop worker being threatened

Police appeal launched after crash on Cornwall's A30

A stretch near Launceston was closed for seven hours

PHOTOS: The car fire that blocked a Cornish road

Firefighters were scrambled to St Eval on Monday

WATCH: Dog trapped by the tide at Cornish beach

Rescuers plucked Barney to safety at Whitsand Bay

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall