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Lorry crashes through M5 central reservation days after crash that killed four in same area

A lorry has ploughed through the central reservation of the M5 just days after a fatal accident that killed four people in the same area.

The incident happened at about 7am this morning, Wednesday, with the lorry travelling in the southbound carriageway between junction 14 for Thornbury[1] and Falfield and junction 13 for Stroud.

The 7.5 tonne HGV, belonging to the courier Whistl, collided with the central reservation and crossed perilously into the northbound carriageway.

Pictures showed the vehicle straddling the barrier right in the middle of the motorway.

Miraculously, no one was hurt in the incident and no other vehicles became involved despite roads being busy ahead of rush-hour. South West Ambulance Service attended the incident but there was “no casualty”, a spokesman said.

The incident follows the devastating crash in the very same area on Saturday (September 16) where four people were killed.

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Yesterday, 46-year-old Adrian Beaumont was named by his family[2] as one of the four people who perished[3] after a box van travelling southbound on the M5 crashed through the central reservation and collided with two cars[4] near junction 14, the exit for Thornbury and Falfield.

Mr Beaumont, 46, was driving a Seat Leon on the northbound carriageway with his partner and two young children.

The dad died at the scene. His children – a 12-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl – are now in a stable condition, but Mr Beaumont’s partner, 42, is still in a critical condition[5], police said.

The crash site on Sunday

Fortunately, this latest crash has only caused damage to about 150 metres of barrier. A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “This was reported to us just after 7am.

“Damage only single vehicle collision involving a lorry which was travelling south between junctions 13 and 14 of the M5, collided with the central reservation and crossed into the northbound carriageway.

“Lane three in both directions currently closed.”

An image has emerged of the lorry

A spokesperson for the courier Whistl said: “We are aware that one of our lorries has been involved in a road traffic accident. We are undertaking an investigation as to what happened.

“At this stage there are no reported injuries to the driver and no other vehicle involved.”

The incident caused queuing traffic during rush-hour with lane three of three closed in both directions.

The road is not expected to be cleared until 2.30pm this afternoon, more than seven hours after the initial smash.

For the latest updates visit our live blog.[6]

References

  1. ^ Thornbury (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  2. ^ named by his family (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  3. ^ four people who perished (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  4. ^ collided with two cars (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  5. ^ critical condition (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  6. ^ visit our live blog. (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
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M5 crash: All we know after HGV smashed into central reservation this morning near scene of weekend's fatal crash

The M5 in Gloucestershire has been the scene of another accident involving a lorry this morning.

A white HGV crashed into the central reservation and while, thankfully, there were no injuries, there have been delays.

Here is what we know so far.

What time did the accident happen? It was reported to police shortly after 7am.

What happened? A HGV travelling south between junction 13 for Stroud and junction 14 for Thornbury crashed into the central reservation.

The damage to the central reservation (Image: Highways Agency)

Was anyone hurt? There are no reported injuries.

What do we know about the van? It was a 7.5 tonne vehicle that belongs to a mail company, Whistl[1]

What have they said: They confirmed their driver was not injured and they are looking into what happened.

The crashed lorry (Image: Highways Agency)

A company spokesman said: We are aware of that one of our lorries has been involved in a road traffic accident.

“We are undertaking an investigation as to what happened. at this stage there are no reported injuries to the driver and no other vehicle involved.

Did it cross on to the northbound carriageway? No, the vehicle is straddling the central reservation barrier.

The damaged central reservation barrier (Image: Highways Agency)

How bad are the delays? There have been reports of queuing traffic, but delays have been limited to around 10 to 15 minutes

How long until traffic returns to normal? Highways Agency is estimating around 11am for traffic returning to normal

Highways Agency map of the affected stretch of the M5

Why is it taking that much time? About 400 metres of barrier has been damaged

What did eyewitnesses see? Bristol-based accountant Paul Day tweeted: “Passed a lorry mounted on central reservation on M5 around Michaelwood.”

Where can I get the latest traffic news? Our live blog[2] is being updated constantly this morning

References

  1. ^ Whistl (www.whistl.co.uk)
  2. ^ live blog (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)