Four dead in M-way horror crash
A LORRY ploughed through the central reservation on the M5 yesterday in a crash which left four people dead.
The incident on the northbound carriageway in Gloucestershire happened around 2.30pm, causing the closure of the motorway in both directions.
An air ambulance landed at the scene but, less than two hours later, four deaths were confirmed.
Witnesses said they saw the lorry crash through the southbound reservation and photos showed the vehicle hanging over a verge. Motorists were stuck for hours with tailbacks of up to six miles following the incident.
Thirteen ambulances were sent to the scene of the tragedy, which happened between junctions 15 and 14. One of the first people to attend to the injured was cardiologist Dr Amer Hamed. He was travelling in a car just behind the truck. Dr Hamed, who along with a passing GP helped an injured woman, said: “There was a lorry involved and at least two other cars. One was absolutely destroyed and another had flipped over.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “We were called at just after 2.30pm to the collision between junction 15 and
14 involving several vehicles, including a lorry. Sadly, at least four people have died.”
The motorway was closed between junctions 14 and
16 in both directions, with police last night set to reopen lanes at 9pm. Witness Rose Harris wrote on Twitter: “Bloody hell. Lorry travelling southbound on
M5 just crossed central reservation into oncoming traffic. Does not look good.” And Chloe Butterick posted: “Road still closed
#M5. Really sad seeing #Ambulance after ambulance drive past.”
■ BARRIER SMASH: The lorry hangs over the edge of the verge