M5 chaos after fatal lorry crash and car barrier collision

The M5 has been in chaos today after two crashes saw multiple lanes on the motorway closed. One person died and two others were seriously injured in an incident involving three lorries close to the south Gloucestershire border in the early hours of this morning (Saturday). Emergency services were in attendance, including Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, as two vehicles were alight.

After the collision at around 5am, closures in both directions were in place between junction 13 for Stroud and junction 14 for Thornbury and Falfield. Once the northbound carriageway was reopened earlier this afternoon, Highways England confirmed the southbound carriageway would remain closed “for the duration of the day and throughout the night”. They said the road surface had been “damaged” and asked drivers to use alternative routes.

The second serious crash on the M5 today happened further south in Somerset and involved several vehicles between junction 22 at Burnham-On-Sea and junction 21 at Weston-super-Mare, which led to lane closures this afternoon. Highways England said one of the vehicles involved had gone into the barrier of the motorway. The highways team was unable to move the vehicle due to the severity of the damage.

Police warned motorists to be careful as congestion in the area built, but by 4pm, the lane closure had been removed and traffic in all lanes was flowing. More stories from Gloucestershire: Meet Nurse Nina who helps transform the lives of children with complex needs in Gloucesteshire

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