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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.

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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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New M5 services near Gloucester prepares for opening

Service station owners John Dunning and his daughter Sarah (back row, 2nd and 3rd from right) with local food producers. Credit: ITV News West Country

Britain's newest motorway service station opens next Wednesday. Gloucester Services on the M5 is working in partnership with a local charity, The Gateway Trust, which will receive some of the profits. It's already employed 150 local people.

Tree trunks from the Forest of Dean hang inside the new service station Credit: ITV News West Country

Today, the £40 million service station previewed some of the 130 local food producers who will be selling their wares. There will be a butcher's shop as well as artisan produced bread and smoked salmo

Colourful - and sweet - local produce available at Gloucester Services Credit: ITV News West Country

Sarah Dunning, CEO of Gloucester Services, said: "Working with the Gloucester Gateway Trust is not just a charitable donation, it's an investment in the local community. I believe stronger communities make for better business"

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