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Highways England advice for motorists after multi-HGV collision

Highways England has released advice for drivers travelling south on the M5 after an incident early this morning.

It says it expects the motorway to reopen "early this evening".

The M5 in Somerset remains closed southbound this afternoon between J19 and J20 following a multi-HGV collision incident.

"Customers should be aware there are two specific diversion routes for traffic, both routes follow the hollow circle diversion symbol.

HGV traffic is advised to exit at J18. Join the A4 eastbound for approximately 5 miles, and then join the A370. Continue on the A370 southbound for approximately 14 miles to then rejoin the M5 at J21.

Non-HGV traffic should leave the M5 at J19 and join the A639 eastbound for approximately 5 miles until the roundabout with the A370. Take the A370 southbound for approximately 14 miles, and then rejoin the M5 at J21.

Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area."

M5 southbound remains closed after lorry collision

The incident happened at around 3am this morning.

Emergency services say the M5 remains closed southbound between J19 and J20 following an collision this morning between two lorries.

Avon Fire and Rescue says three HGVs were involved in the incident and one of the drivers was rescued by crews using cutting and rescue equipment.

Police are advising motorists to avoid the area and find alternative routes for travelling home from work during the rush hour this afternoon, as the obstruction may not be completely cleared.

The incident happened at around 3am this morning.

Police say one of the lorries involved in the incident is carrying chemicals which must be removed before the obstruction can be cleared.

Officers say it is "difficult to say" when the clearing process will be completed.

West Mercia Police says it received reports of of a man "pointing a gun at another motorist" an hour before fatal incident near Portishead

Police forensic experts have been investigating the scene of the incident. Credit: ITV West Country

West Mercia Police says it received reports of of a man "pointing a gun at another motorist" near Junction 8 of the M5 an hour before a fatal incident near Portishead.

At 8.30am yesterday (Wednesday 27 September) we received a report of a man in a vehicle pointing a gun at another motorist near to junction 8 of the M5. The incident was passed on to the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG).

The IPCC has been informed of this incident.

– West Mercia Police

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Police say formal identification of M5 collision victims will not be completed this week

The collision happened between J15 and J14 in South Gloucestershire. Credit: ITV West Country

Police say formal identification of the victims of the M5 collision on Saturday will not be completed this week.

Four people died in the collision, which happened between J15 and 14 in South Gloucestershire.

One of the victims was named yesterday as 46-year-old Adrian Beaumont, from Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say they are still examining the vehicles.

Three people remain in hospital and our thoughts are with them and their loved ones.

We’re still at the start of a lengthy and complex investigation to determine what happened.

We’ve had more than 50 witnesses come forward with information so it’ll take time to speak to all these people and take statements. We’d like to thank the public for their support and assistance.

The examination of the vehicles also continues and we’re working closely with experts who will assist us in determining what caused this tragic collision.

We’re keen to hear from any witnesses who have not already provided their details, in particular anyone who may have been travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw the white Mercedes box van immediately prior to the collision.

– Insp Frazer Davey, Avon and Somerset Constabulary
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