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Can you spot the cow that shut down the M5?

The cow 's exploits are already legen-dairy. Credit: Gloucestershire Road Police

Putting the 'moo' in commuting? The M5 was blocked in both directions in Gloucestershire last night - because a wandering cow had brought it to a standstill.

As baffled commuters waited in their cars (no doubt beeping their horns), Gloucestershire Road Police rushed out to save the day before the troublesome rambler could milk the situation any longer.

Finally, they tweeted the happy news that the cow had been reunited with its farmer - and the road could get moo-ving once more.

Cow closes the M5 in both directions near Gloucester

The M5 is blocked in both directions between J13 (Stroud) and J14 (Thornbury) after reports of an accident and animals on the road.

Highways England say a cow was on the carriageway, police are on the scene.


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M5 Coach: Mother onboard prayed 'don't let me die'

A mother onboard the coach which overturned on the M5 motorway has described how she prayed "please don't let me die".

Sharlodane Beckles from West Bromwich has been left with a broken neck and an horrific head wound which needed 21 stitches.

She was travelling with her toddler and said all she could think was she didn't want to leave him.


Action for Children statement

The coach which overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire was carrying 53 adults and children on a day trip to Weston-Super-Mare. The trip had been arranged by the charity Action For Children and the passengers were from Dudley in the West Midlands.

The coach is operated by Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches.

“I can confirm that a road accident involving children and staff from an Action for Children service in Sandwell has taken place in Stroud. Until the full facts are known I cannot comment further.”

– A spokesperson from Action for Children

53 passengers on overturned coach

A holiday coach has closed the Southbound M5 near Stroud Credit: Traffic England

A coach taking 53 people on a trip to the seaside has overturned into a ditch after a crash on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

The accident happened just before 10am on the southbound carriageway close to junction 13 for Stroud, Glos.

The Highways Agency described the accident as "a serious incident", but with "walking injured". Police believe there are no life-threatening injuries.

Seven people are believed to be injured.

Two air ambulances are on the scene and crews from three fire engines are dealing with the accident.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said the driver had back injuries.

The coach is operated by Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches and was taking 53 children and adults from Dudley in the West Midlands, on a day trip to Weston-super-Mare.

All three lanes of the motorway have been closed southbound while the crash is investigated.

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