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UPDATE: The M5 has reopened between junction 8 and 9 southbound after two linked collisions in the early hours of this morning.

Police are carrying out a full collision investigation but believe that the incident involved five vehicles and started when a Ford Mondeo and an MG Rover were in collision about half a mile south of the M50 junction at 1.05am.

An HGV then stopped and was involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes and black Mazda.

The 24-year-old Gloucester man who was driving the Mercedes died at the scene while a 23-year-old Gloucester man who was a passenger in the vehicle also died. Another passenger in the Mercedes, a 23-year-old Gloucester man, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and remains in a critical condition while the final passenger of the Mercedes, another 23-year-old Gloucester man, remains in a critical condition in Southmead Hospital.

A man who was a passenger in the Mazda and a man who was driving the Mondeo were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Both are believed to have suffered injuries that are not life threatening.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information but hasn’t yet spoken to police should call 101 and quote incident 17 of 2 June.

“Upon arrival, the emergency services found a car which had been involved in a serious collision with four men inside. Sadly, nothing could be done to save two men and they were confirmed dead on scene. A third man was in a critical condition and received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and the trauma doctor at the roadside before being alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The man remains in a critical condition. A fourth man was given trauma care for back and leg injuries before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

“Four other patients from other vehicles involved in the collision were assessed and treated by South Western Ambulance Service colleagues. Despite the distressing nature of the incident, the two ambulance services together with police and fire colleagues worked as a team to provide excellent patient care on scene.

The incident required the attendance of three police forces (Gloucestershire, West Mercia and units from the Central Motorway Police Group) along with units from Hereford & Worcestershire Fire & Rescue and West Midlands Ambulance Service in addition to Traffic Officer and contractors from Highways England’s West Midlands and South West regions.

 

 

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