Police investigations will continue today on a stretch of the M5 where four people lost their lives.

A lane of the M5 between junction 15 for the M4 at the Almondsbury Interchange and junction 14 for the B4509 at Thornbury is likely to be closed for much of Monday.

The closure is at the scene of a horrific crash in which a lorry crossed the central reservation from the southbound carriageway to the northbound smashing into at least two cars travelling in the direction of Gloucestershire.


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Four people died and a woman and two children are critical but stable in hospital after the crash at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

The motorway reopened at around 9pm on Sunday after being closed following the aftermath of the crash.

Updates on the lane closures, traffic issues, and the police investigation in the blog below.

Highways Agency statement

Drivers are being reminded to allow extra time for their journeys this morning along the M5 in Gloucestershire following a serious incident that occurred on Saturday afternoon.

One lane is currently closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 15 at Almondsbury Interchange and junction 14 at Dursley to allow Avon and Somerset Police to continue with their detailed police investigation.


The lane is expected to remain closed throughout the day which will cause some delays especially during peak times.

Drivers are being advised to allow additional time for their journeys and use an alternative route where possible.

Lanes 2 and 3 reopened just after 9pm last night and the southbound carriageway was reopened fully yesterday morning.

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website (www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information), local and national radio travel bulletins, Twitter, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as Android and iPhone apps.