At least four killed in M5 crash in south Gloucestershire

Police are investigating a fatal crash on the M5

Police are investigating a fatal crash on the M5

Police say four people have died after a serious crash on the busy M5.

The collision took place around 2:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) in south Gloucestershire, prompting the motorway to be shut in both directions.

Major crashes involving multiple fatalities are relatively uncommon in Britain but eight people died in August when two trucks and a minibus collided at the start of a busy bank holiday weekend.

A lorry travelling on the southbound carriageway reportedly drove through a central reservation and into oncoming traffic, hitting several vehicles, including a motorbike before ending up in a ditch on the side of the road.

On Saturday night, Avon and Somerset Police said emergency services were working tirelessly at the scene.

Several vehicles were involved, including a lorry.

There are also three miles of "trapped traffic" within the police cordon, it added.

Dr Amer Hamed who was in a auto behind helped a GP and other medics tend to the injured woman before paramedics arrived six minutes later and rushed her to hospital.

Paramedics arrived on the scene about six minutes later and the woman Dr Hamed had been helping was taken away by ambulance to hospital. "One auto was completely destroyed, nearly like there was only half a vehicle left with what looked like somebody trapped inside".

He said drivers who had been stuck on the carriageway for a few hours were in effect "extremely supportive".

A representative stated: "We have 13 assets at the scene including the basic care group and the perilous range reaction group". While others converse with cops about the misery of what has happened.

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