Fire crews shut the motorway northbound between junctions 18 and 17 near Bristol Airport following the collision between four vehicles – one being a lorry. The accident took place just after 7am. One eyewitness described on Twitter seeing “six fire engines and five ambulances” on the scene. Delays are being reported across the area.
Avon Fire & Rescue Service wrote on Twitter: “Two casualties were rescued using heavy rescue equipment & are being assessed by @swasFT crews before being conveyed to hospital.
“One casualty self rescued prior to crews arrival & was also conveyed to hospital. @ASPolice, @SWASFTHART & @HighwaysEngland are also in attendance.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police confirmed people have been injured.
He said: “We were called at 7.18am by ambulance. Four vehicle collision, one of the vehicles is a lorry.
“There are people injured. The M5 is currently closed northbound between 18 and 17.”
Highways England has warned drivers, and writing on Twitter the organisation said: “The carriageway is likely to remain closed for some time. Please follow diversion down M49.
“If you are in vehicles between Avonmouth and Cribbs Causeway, we are working hard to get you moving again. Further updates to follow.”
An eyewitness who saw the crash this morning compared the impact to a “bomb going off”.
They told BristolLive: “It happened right by me. A executive style coach stopped in the slow lane and got hit by a lorry, the bang was like bomb going off and a cloud of dust filled my mirror across all three lanes.
“Before I comprehended what happened I was too far up the motorway to stop and help.”
An eyewitness, who was driving past the accident on the southbound side, told BristolLive he saw a passenger being cut free from the lorry by firefighters.
The motorist added he saw at least three fire engines and three ambulances at the scene.
The accident has caused huge congestion leading to and from the city centre.
One motorsit tweeted: “Sat here for an hour and a half – 6 fire engines, at least 5 ambulances, 2 unmarked police cars, 3 police motorbikes, thinking of those involved.”
At 9.39am, Highways England posted an update on Twitter, stating “trapped traffic” is now being released.
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Published at Thu, 16 May 2019 08:14:00 +0000