Truck collides with central reservation on M5 as lanes closed on both sides
A truck has collided with the central reservation on the M5 this afternoon (October 31), causing delays on both carriageways. The crash happened near Michaelwood Services on the motorway, between Junctions 13 (Stroud) and 14 (Thornbury). It was first reported at around 1.15pm this afternoon.
Pictures from the scene show a pickup truck having collided with the reservation, with one side of the vehicle appearing to have ridden up onto the barrier.
Traffic officers are on the scene
The outside-most lane on both carriageways is currently closed, with traffic officers currently attending the scene. There appears to be a delay of around 20 minutes around the scene as traffic queues back due to the lane closures. Traffic monitoring service INRIX has confirmed the crash, with its latest update saying: “One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M5 in both directions from J13 A419 (Stroud) to J14 B4509 (Thornbury / Falfield).
Traffic is coping well. Travel time is around 20 minutes.
“Lane three (of three) is closed on both sides of the carriageway due a vehicle colliding with the central reservation. Traffic is coping well southbound.”
Highways England has tweeted a warning about the lane closures, but referred to the situation only as “an incident affecting both the north and south carriageways”.
Warnings about difficult road conditions have been issued already by traffic authorities this morning after Storm Aiden battered the West Country this morning.
A car has already spun off the motorway in Gloucestershire after aquaplaning on standing water on the carriageway, which prompted Gloucestershire Police officers to remind people to keep their distance and be wary of tricky driving conditions on the roads.