Lorry driver dies and second trapped in vehicle for 90 minutes in M5 crash
A lorry driver has died and another was trapped in his vehicle for 90 minutes with potentially serious injuries in one of two multi-vehicle crashes on the M5 overnight. Paramedics were called to a crash involving a number of lorries on the northbound carriageway, between Junctions 8 and 7, at 4.31am today (August 3). One lorry driver suffered serious injuries and nothing could be done to save them, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.
A second lorry driver, a man, was cut free from his vehicle, which took 90 minutes, and taken to hospital with potentially serious injuries. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a lorry driver who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.
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Prior to that, West Midlands Ambulance Service had been called to a crash between a car and a lorry also on the northbound carriage of the M5 between Junctions 8 and 7 at 2.50am. A man was taken to hospital with potentially serious injuries, while two other men were taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be serious. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered six patients from the car.
A man, who was a rear seat passenger, was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Worcester Royal Hospital. “The driver and a second rear seat passenger, both men, were treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital on the same ambulance. Three further patients were discharged at the scene.”
Road closures will remain place on the M5 for some time and drivers are advised to find alternative routes. A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “We can confirm that one person has died and a number of people have been injured in a collision on the M5 this morning, Wednesday 3 August. The collision happened just before 4.30am between junctions 7 and 8 (northbound) and involved several vehicles.
“Road closures will remain in place for some time and drivers are advised to find alternative routes.
More details will be issued on our website and social media channels when available.”