UPDATES: Woman, 45, dies in M5 lorry crash near Birmingham with motorway closure in place

A woman has died following a crash on the M5 in Birmingham. The fatal collision has closed a stretch of the northbound motorway and it is likely to be shut for several hours. The crash happened at junction three for Quinton between the exit and entry slip roads at 5.15am.

A van and a lorry were involved.

The affected part of the M5 near Birmingham

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the scene shortly after 5.15am. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were all sent to the incident. A spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a van and a lorry which had been involved in a collision.

“Sadly, the passenger of the van, a woman, was confirmed dead on scene. “The driver of the van, a man, was assessed and found to have suffered minor injuries. He was taken to hospital for further check.

“The lorry driver didn’t require treatment. “There are currently long delays due to the closure of the M5 and motorists are advised to seek an alternative route.”

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The collision is being investigated by West Midlands Police. It said that a 45-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the van at the time of the collision, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The northbound carriageway is currently closed at junction three, and a short diversion is in place to minimise disruption. Inspector Sion Hathaway, from the Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Due to the severity of this crash we need to carry out a full examination of the scene and the road will be closed for a considerable period of time. “We have a short diversion in place between the two slip roads on the northbound carriageway at junction three.

I appreciate this will cause an inconvenience for motorists, and I apologise for any delays faced. “However, a family has lost of a loved-one and we owe it to them to establish the circumstances behind this collision. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”

Anyone who saw happened or may have dash cam footage is asked to get in touch via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk from 8am – midnight, or call 101 anytime.

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At around 8am, Highways England said: “There are currently 30 minute delays on the approach to this incident (above usual journey times) spanning four miles back to J4. “Average speeds on the approach to J3 are 15 mph. “If travelling from further afield, please consider using the M42, M6 for the north.”

If delays get worse, it could affect people heading from Gloucestershire to Birmingham Airport.

Updates as we get them.

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