M5 southbound to stay shut 'all night' after driver killed in lorry crash

Motorists have been warned that a stretch of the M5 is likely to remain shut all night after a fatal accident. The southbound side of the motorway in Gloucestershire could be closed until Sunday morning. It follows a collision between three lorries at 5am today (April 24) which left one trucker dead and two others seriously injured.

The M5 has been closed in both directions all day between Junction 13 Stroud and Junction 14 Thornbury. Highways England said it was hoping to reopen the northbound carriageway later today, but that the southbound side could remain shut all night. This is to repair the damage to the carriageway done when two of the lorries burst into flames.

The closure has led to queues of several miles long and 60 minute delays on the motorway in the Gloucestershire and Bristol area. Motorists from the West Midlands are being advised to find another route if they were planning on using the M5 to head to the south west. Traffic is being taken off the M5 at Junction 13 and diverted along the A38 until it can rejoin just after Junction 14.

But Highways England has warned that the A38 diversion route is also becoming congested.

Motorway cameras show the M5 is clear in both directions up until Junction 12, but is then heavily congested until Junctions 15 and 16 at Almondsbury and Bristol. A Highways England tweet said: “Please be aware that there are long delays of up to 60 minutes in both directions following an earlier collision. Please allow extra time for your journey or delay if possible.

“The southbound carriageway is likely to remain closed overnight whilst we repair the extensive damage to the road surface. “At this time we have no estimated time for the northbound carriageway to reopen, but will advise when we do.” The three lorries were involved in a collision on the southbound carriageway at 5am, just before Michaelwood Services.

One driver was killed, while two other people are being treated in a Bristol hospital for serious injuries.