Woman dead after horror M5 crash between HGV and car – police close off motorway

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.26pm on Monday May 16. Emergency services attended the scene of a road traffic collision involving a car and HGV between junctions 5 and 6 of the M5. 

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were at the site of the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the driver of the car in a critical condition after coming into collision with an HGV.

“Crews worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the woman. 

“But sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.”

Highways England issued a statement on the carriageway closure, and said: “The M5 southbound in Worcestershire is closed between J5 (Droitwich) and J6 (Worcester) due to a serious collision.

“Emergency Services including West Mercia Police are on scene. National Highways Traffic Officers are also on scene assisting with traffic management.”

The agency advised southbound traffic to take the following diversion:

  • Exit the M5 at J5 and at the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the A38 southbound
  • Continue on the A38 to the junction with A38/A4538
  • Take the A4538 southbound and continue to rejoin M5 at J6

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A Fire Service spokesperson said: “Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Worcester, Bromsgrove and Droitwich Fire Stations were called at 13:30 on May 16 to an RTC on the M5 Southbound between junctions 5 and 6 where a car was in collision with an HGV.

“Police, Ambulance and Air Ambulance are also in attendance.

“One casualty had been extricated from a vehicle before the arrival of the fire service and is now in the care of the air ambulance.”

North Worcestershire Police also confirmed: “The carriageway will remain closed for the foreseeable.”

National Highways said there are “currently delays of 1 hour against expected traffic”.

They said the closure of the M5 southbound between J5 and J6 is due to “accident investigation”.

National Highways then said: “The event is expected to clear between 19:00 and 19:15 on 16 May 2022.”

They added “normal traffic conditions are expected between 16:45 and 17:00 on 16 May 2022” for the M5 northbound entry slip at junction J6.


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