M5 traffic chaos: Seven-mile queues as multiple lorries crash – Air ambulance on the scene


The collision, which involved multiple lorries, happened at around 4pm on Wednesday afternoon on the northbound of the M5, between J8 and J7, near Worcester and Evesham. National Highways has warned motorists to expect long delays. 

Emergency services including police officers, ambulances, and the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Services rushed to the scene to assist.

It is still unknown if anyone was injured in the accident.

As of 6pm, all lanes on the northbound remain closed.

Traffic was also held briefly on the southbound too, in order for an air ambulance to land.

In an announcement, West Mercia Police said that they are working with National Highways to get traffic moving “as soon as possible”.

According to National Highways, there is approximately 7 miles of congestion on approach to the closure at J8.

In an update, the operator said that traffic is expected to return to normal after 21:30pm.

National Highways advised drivers to avoid the route, allow extra journey time, or delay their journey, as the road remains closed.

The following diversion route was suggested:

  • Exit M5 at J8 on to M50
  • Travel to J1, and exit on to A38 northbound
  • Travel along the A38 until the roundabout with the A4440
  • Take the 3rd exit on to A4440
  • Continue on the A4440 to the junction with the A44, take the 2nd exit on to the A44 eastbound
  • Travel on the A44 to the M5 J7

Inrix says: “M5 Northbound partially blocked long delays, queueing traffic due to accident, two lorries involved between J8 M50 and J7 A44 (Worcester/Evesham ).

“Congestion to through Upton upon Severn as traffic diverts away.

“Travel time is around 35 minutes. Camera shows traffic is passing the scene on the hard shoulder.”



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