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M5 crash: Motorway closed in Gloucestershire

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Publishedduration23 minutes agoimage captionPolice were called to the M5 between Gloucester and Tewkesbury at about 05:20 BSTA stretch of the M5 has been closed in Gloucestershire after a serious collision involving several vehicles.Police were called at about 05:20 BST following reports of a Ford Fiesta leaving the northbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 11. Police…

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image captionPolice were called to the M5 between Gloucester and Tewkesbury at about 05:20 BST

A stretch of the M5 has been closed in Gloucestershire after a serious collision involving several vehicles.

Police were called at about 05:20 BST following reports of a Ford Fiesta leaving the northbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 11.

Police said as a lorry parked behind the Fiesta to offer help, a second lorry crashed into the first one.

Highways England (HE) reported a vehicle on fire. Details of any casualties were not disclosed.

Both carriageways between junctions 9 and 11 were affected.

Northbound closed

The incident happened on a stretch of the motorway near Tewkesbury and Gloucester.

Police said the southbound lanes were “due to open within the hour” and northbound lanes were expected to remain closed until about 18:00.

HE said the surface of the road had been “extensively damaged and must be resurfaced”.

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