At least four people have died in a crash on the M5, police have said. Emergency services were called just after 14:30 BST to junctions 15 and 14 in south Gloucestershire to a collision involving several vehicles including a lorry.
The motorway is closed in both directions and Avon and Somerset Police said it would be shut “for a considerable amount of time” The force asked drivers to avoid the area. Highways England warned of “long delays” and said there was a six-mile queue northbound between junction 18 for Avonmouth and 16 for Almondsbury. A number of diversions are in place.
Cardiologist Dr Amer Hamed was in a car travelling “10 to 20 seconds behind” when the crash happened. He was one of the first at the scene along with a passing GP and other medics to help an injured woman who was in one of the cars. He said: “There was a lorry involved and at least two other cars. One was absolutely destroyed and another had flipped over.”