Fatal M5 collision involving pedestrian causing delays for commuters

PUBLISHED: 07:57 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 14 September 2017

The M5 northbound is shut between junction 16 and 14.

The M5 northbound is shut between junction 16 and 14.

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A closure on the M5 northbound near Bristol is causing tailbacks into North Somerset this morning (Thursday).

Avon and Somerset Constabulary closed all lanes of the motorway between junction 16 and 14 earlier this morning, due to a fatal collision involving a lorry and a pedestrian.

The motorway has been closed for more than 2.5 hours and people are being advised to allow extra travel time or take an alternative route.

Delays are currently around an hour.

Police believe a lorry was involved in a collision with a pedestrian and the person was struck by other vehicles following the initial incident.

Queues are already stretching back as far as Portishead, with commuters from Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare expected to face delays.

Traffic is being diverted off the motorway and access to and from the M4 is also affected.

Police said just before 6am they expected the road to be closed ‘for some time’.

UPDATE: 8.50am, Police release statement on incident

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is investigating at the scene and is working with Highways England to recover vehicles and clear the motorway as quickly as possible.

A spokesman from the force said: “The M5 remains closed northbound between J16 and J14 in South Gloucestershire following a fatal collision earlier this morning.

“A lorry was in collision with a pedestrian just before 4.40am today. Other vehicles are believed to have struck the pedestrian following this initial collision.”

Full details of diversion routes are available here.

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