M5 crash could have been 'an awful lot worse'

A crash on the M5 in Worcestershire has seen two patients taken to hospital after a lorry collided with the central reservation. Ambulance crews said the situation on the southbound carriageway between junction 7 for Evesham and junction 8 for the M50 could have been ‘an awful lot worse’. Pictures from police show a jackknifed lorry and two damaged cars.

As well as the two patients taken to hospital, two other people were treated and discharged at the scene. The collision has caused long delays as the southbound carriageway has been closed and lanes were also shut northbound. Highways England has since said the southbound carriageway will be closed overnight for repairs.

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The crash on the M5 southbound in Worcestershire

West Mercia Police said earlier: “Emergency services are currently responding to a collision on the M5 between junctions 7 and 8. “The incident involves a lorry which has collided with the central reservation. “Lanes are closed southbound and the northbound carriageway has a single lane running past the scene.”

M5 crash could have been 'an awful lot worse'The crash scene

West Midlands Ambulance Service said as it shared the image above from the scene: “This could have been an awful lot worse after this crash on the M5 near Worcester this afternoon.

“Two patients taken to hospital and two were discharged at scene. A 5th wasn’t hurt. “Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.”

M5 crash could have been 'an awful lot worse'Two people have been taken to hospital after the collision

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said the incident involved an articulated lorry and two cars, with fuel leaking from the HGB on to the carriageway.

The incident happened at around 2.20pm when all traffic was held southbound, with lane closures northbound as well. The lorry has since gone, but barrier repairs and road inspections needed to be under taken and southbound remains closed and will be so overnight. Traffic that had been trapped on the motorway has also now been released.

A diversion was put in place via the A38 at Kempsey to join the eastbound M50 at junction one to rejoin the M5.

One lane remained closed northbound at 7.30pm to help with the barrier repairs.

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