M5 to be closed for ‘several hours’ after serious crashes

The M5 is closed heading towards Birmingham this morning after two serious crashes in the early hours. The first collision, south of Worcester, involved a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and a people carrier. The Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service control room said there have been six casualties.

Their condition is unknown at this time. At 4.29am, the National Highways website stated: “The M5 in Worcestershire is closed northbound between J8 and J7 due to a serious collision. Emergency services are in attendance.”

Read next: Three Armed Response gang members found guilty of trying to kill 13-year-old boy National Highways first reported the incident at 3am this morning. At 4.15am, roads and traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M5 Northbound closed due to accident from J8 M50 to J7 A44 (Worcester / Evesham ).”

In a tweet at 4.18am, @HWFireControl said fire crews from Upton, Worcester and Droitwich had been in attendance. “The incident involved one HGV and one people carrier. In total six casualties were involved,” added the tweet. While this incident has now been cleared, the M5 remains closed northbound due to a second collision between J8 and J7.

Emergency services are once again at the scene. At 4.56am, National Highways tweeted: “The initial collision on the M5 northbound between J8 and J7 has been cleared however, there is a second collision between J8 and J7 which emergency services are currently in attendance with. The road remains closed.

More information to follow shortly. Thank you. At 5.16am, West Mercia Police say the second M5 closure is ‘likely to remain in place for some time’.

In a later tweet at 5,54am, they said the “closures will be in effect for several hours”. Scroll down for more updates as we get them. For more stories from where you live, visit InYourArea.