'At least' four dead in United Kingdom motorway pile-up

M5 traffic crash

AT least four people are dead after a horror smash on the M5 this afternoon involving a lorry and several cars.

Emergency services were called just after 2:30pm on Saturday to junctions 15 and 14 to the crash which has resulted in the motorway being closed and large tailbacks forming.

In a statement, Somerset and Avon Police said: "A multi-agency operation is under way on the M5 in South Gloucestershire following a serious collision".

The force said: "Four people are believed to have died and a number of others have been taken to hospitals in the Bristol area".

Lorry travelling southbound on M5 just crossed central reservation into oncoming traffic.

Highways England says traffic is trapped for around five miles.

Dr Amer Hamed who was in a vehicle behind helped a GP and other medics tend to the injured woman before paramedics arrived six minutes later and rushed her to hospital. Police were asking drivers to avoid the area.

It is the second fatal crash on the same stretch of the M5 this week.

Emma Ralley tweeted: "Lorry and cars accident. One was absolutely destroyed and another had flipped over".

Dr Hamed added: "People are helping as much as they can".

"Several people offered us water and one man came out of his auto to give food".

Another person wrote the lorry had crashed through the central reservation and drove off the road.

Emergency Services say the road is likely to stay closed for a considerable time.



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