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M5 fatal crash: The investigation enters a fourth day

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Written by: Gloucester Citizen & Gloucestershire Echo | Posted 19 September 2017 8:09

M5 fatal crash: The investigation enters a fourth day

Police investigations will continue today into the horrific crash on the M5 that cost four people their lives and left three others critically injured on Saturday afternoon.

The motorway is fully reopened after police investigators left the scene yesterday afternoon.

Here is what we know so far about the crash.

What happened? A Mercedes Box Van crossed from the southbound carriageway to the northbound and collided with at least two cars travelling in the direction of Gloucestershire.

 
Dozens of emergency vehicles on the M5 after the fatal lorry crash

When did the accident happen? The accident happened at around 2.30pm on Saturday, September 16. It meant the motorway was closed in both directions between junctions 16 (near Almondsbury) and junction 14 (near Falfield)

 
Closures on M5

Who were the victims? Four people died in the collision. One in a Seat Leon and three in another vehicle.

 
Emergency services at work at scene of M5 crash

Avon and Somerset police said it may take some time before formal identification of those who died is completed.

Who were the injured? The most seriously hurt were a 42-year-old woman and two children, a boy aged 12 and a girl aged 10. There were critical but stable in a Bristol hospital yesterday afternoon.

What happens now? A full investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of this collision, which involved a Mercedes box van and the two cars.

 
One of the cars left destroyed after the collision

Collision investigators were at the scene of the crash until Monday afternoon – two days after the collision.

 
M5 prepares to reopen (Image: Highways Agency)

Specially trained family liaison officers are working hard to support and locate the next of kin of all the victims.

There will be a thorough examination of all the vehicles involved and Avon and Somerset Police are working closely with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

When did the motorway fully reopen? The motorway reopened fully at about 5pm on Monday when a lane of the northbound carriageway between junctions 15 and 14 was reopened.

What are police saying: Insp Frazer Davey from Avon and Somerset Police said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of all the victims of this tragic incident.

 
Scene of M5 crash (Image: WyeVape)

“A full investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of this collision, which involved a Mercedes box van and two cars.

What about the driver? The driver of the lorry, a man in his forties from Worcestershire, has been spoken to by police and has provided officers with an initial statement.

What did witnesses see? A Royal Marine says he will be haunted by the images in his head after he pulled over to help the victims caught up in the mangled wreckage of the crash.

 
Marine Alex Morgan and his girlfriend Hayley were on their way to a wedding when the crash happened

Marine Alex Morgan, 27, was shocked by what he saw when he and girlfriend Hayley O'Connor, a sales office manager, stopped to help after the accident on Saturday afternoon. You can read his account here.

All the latest on the M5 crash, and the day's breaking news, is in the Gloucestershirelive.co.uk live blog.

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