M5 traffic latest: Long delays as car smashes into central barrier in multi-vehicle crash

M5: Motorists suffer severe traffic delays in Somerset

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Several vehicles were involved in the multi-vehicle pileup, which saw one car collide into the central barrier.

The accident took place on the northbound carriageway, between Junction 8 and Junction 9.

According to traffic monitoring service Inrix all lanes are now reopen, but some disruption remains.

They tweeted: “Queueing traffic due to earlier accident on M5 Northbound between J8 (M50 interchange) and J7 A44 (Worcester / Evesham).

“All lanes have been re-opened. Traffic was released at 12:50 after being held for five minutes.

“A vehicle collided with the central reservation barrier.”

Earlier Inrix reported significant delays, including on the M5 southbound.

The monitoring service said: “All traffic being temporarily held and queueing traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on M5 Northbound between J8 M50 and J7 A44.

“All traffic held just after 12.45pm. Southbound is slow due to onlookers.”

One Twitter user warned: “If you are coming off at junction 1 M5 – avoid Perry Bar roundabout – traffic horrendous.”

The M5 chaos resulted in the Worcester Warriors Women’s rugby match being delayed by 15 minutes.

The rugby union club tweeted: “2.15pm kick-off!

“Kick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes due to traffic on the M5.”

The Worcester Warriors Women are due to play the Bristol Bears Women in a pre-season friendly.

More to follow…

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