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Police reveal why man killed in M5 crash was not seen for so long

The crash happened on the M5 south of Cheltenham Credit: Traffic England/Highways England

Police have released more details of how a car lay undiscovered at the bottom of a motorway embankment in Gloucestershire for more than six hours.

Officers believe the electrics on the silver Vauxhall Corsa failed after it left the southbound carriageway and crashed into heavy undergrowth half a mile south of Junction 10 at Cheltenham.

The accident happened just after 11pm on Wednesday (7 August) - but the car wasn't spotted until 5.30am on Thursday (8 August).

The driver of the vehicle - a 32-year-old man from Kettering in Northamptonshire - was found dead at the wheel. They say that the next of kin of the man who died and the coroner have been informed.

The force have thanked the lorry driver who reported the car, and alerted emergency services to the incident.

Gloucestershire Police are still seeking more information to determine exactly how the crash happened:

We are still appealing for anyone who travelled the M5 from the M42 at junction 4a and the Bromsgrove area and who may have dash-cam or in-car video footage during the relevant times to contact us and to submit any footage to us at: 101@gloucestershire.police.uk - quoting incident 72 of 8 August.

Several people have called us already and we hope that, with the additional information about the car, other road users will now be able to review their footage and make contact with us.

Our officers are continuing other enquiries to locate other motorists on the road around the time of the incident and we are doing everything we can to find out what happened on behalf of the family.

– Gloucestershire Police Spokesperson