Four peo­ple killed in hor­rific mo­tor­way crash

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Politics -

FOUR peo­ple have been killed in a horror M5 smash in­volv­ing sev­eral cars and a lorry.

The lorry smashed through the cen­tral reser­va­tion – from the south­bound car­riage­way near south Glouces­ter­shire – and ca­reered down an em­bank­ment at around 2.30pm yes­ter­day.

Its nose ploughed into the ditch, leav­ing its trailer hang­ing over the busy mo­tor­way – lead­ing to the clo­sure of both car­riage­ways. A spokesman for Avon and Som­er­set Con­stab­u­lary said: “Four peo­ple are be­lieved to have died and a num­ber of oth­ers have been taken to hos­pi­tals in the Bris­tol area.”

Fol­low­ing the tragedy, mo­torists were stuck for hours in six-mile queues be­tween Avon­mouth and Al­monds­bury.

Car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Amer Hamed, who was among the first to ar­rive at the scene, said: “There was a lorry in­volved and at least two cars. One was de­stroyed and an­other had flipped over.”

Many pass­ing mo­torists of­fered to help emer­gency ser­vices work­ing at the scene.

“Sev­eral peo­ple of­fered us wa­ter and one man came out of his car to give food,” said Dr Hamed.

The mo­tor­way re­mained closed in both di­rec­tions un­til late last night.

Emer­gency ser­vices at the scene.

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