Four dead in M-way hor­ror crash

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ISO­BEL DICKINSON

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

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