M5 crash: Four dead in Gloucestershire

M5 traffic crash

Local police said it would be shut "for a considerable amount of time".

The lorry, which was travelling southbound careered through the central reservation and ploughed into two vehicles heading in the opposite direction between junctions 15 and 14 in Gloucestershire.

The force said the collision happened between junction 16 near Almondsbury and junction 14 near Falfield.

"Sadly, at least four people have died", Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement.

"Something must have happened and the lorry came across and suddenly the cars stopped", said Katie Sultana, an eyewitness.

"The motorway is now closed in both directions between J16 and J14 and emergency services are working at the scene".

Highways England stated there was six miles of traffic congested northbound of the closure, and two miles stretching southbound. "One was absolutely destroyed and another had flipped over".

Witnesses reported seeing people lying by the side of the road as members of the public helped pull survivors from wrecked cars, with some performing first aid.

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

A spokeswoman said: "We have 13 resources at the scene including the critical care team and the hazardous area response team".

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

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