Live updates

Emergency services at the scene of multi-vehicle M5 crash

Traffic is building up on the M5 Northbound. Credit: Highways England

The M5 northbound in Bristol is currently closed following a crash involving multiple vehicles.

The collision is on the northbound side between junctions 18 and 17 for Avonmouth and Cribbs Causeway.

All emergency services are now on the scene and Highways England traffic cameras are showing traffic at a standstill.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area and find an alternative route, using the M49 or A4 if possible.

Advertisement

Tributes paid to woman who died in M5 crash

Joanne has been described as a loving mother, wife, sister, auntie and nanny. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The family of a woman who died in a collision on the M5 has paid tribute to her.

Joanne Jennings, 45, from Highbridge, died in the crash near junction 25 for Taunton, which happened at about 8.30am on Thursday, 13 September.

Joanne was a loving mother, wife, sister, auntie and nanny.

She was always filled with joy and happiness, laughing and smiling as she went about her day.

She will be sadly missed by family and friends and has a place in many people’s hearts.”

– Joanne Jennings' Family

Advertisement

Lucky escape after Land Rover overturns on M5

Lucky escape for the two passengers of this Land Rover Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Two people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning.

A Land Rover collided with a Ford Transit van near Bridgwater at around 8.55am.

The Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway.

A 60-year-old woman, who was driving the Land Rover, and a man who was in the passenger seat, have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

This Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the Land Rover, as the safety barrier did its job and stopped the vehicle from plunging down a vertical drop of about 160ft.

– PC Owen Davies, Roads Policing Unit

Lucky escape after Land Rover overturns on M5

Lucky escape for the two passengers of this Land Rover Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Two people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning.

A Land Rover collided with a Ford Transit van near Bridgwater at around 8.55am.

The Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway.

A 60-year-old woman, who was driving the Land Rover, and a man who was in the passenger seat, have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

This Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the Land Rover, as the safety barrier did its job and stopped the vehicle from plunging down a vertical drop of about 160ft.

– PC Owen Davies, Roads Policing Unit

M5 crash coroner suggests rules for firework displays

The aftermath of the crash on the M5 on bonfire night in 2011 Credit: ITV News West Country

A senior coroner in Somerset has written to the Department of Transport, suggesting new rules for firework displays near motorways.

Following the fatal pile-up on the M5 at Taunton, Michael Rose is calling for various new measures including more detailed risk assessments of geographical features, wind conditions and humidity.

Seven people died in the crash in 2011.

Load more updates