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M5 closed in Gloucestershire as snow blamed for crashes

Category: England

Published: 13th Dec 2011 22:36:29

Snow and hail have been blamed for three crashes involving a number of vehicles in Gloucestershire.

The M5 near Cheltenham has been closed northbound and partially closed southbound between junctions 10 and 11.

A Royal Mail lorry and two vehicles crashed on the northbound carriageway at about 21:40 GMT. Police said a lorry driver was "very seriously injured".

A vehicle travelling south crashed at about the same time while the A40 has been closed after another crash.

Gloucestershire Police said the man who was hurt in the M5 northbound crash had been trapped in the vehicle.

A spokesman said the northbound carriageway would be closed for "some time".

Work has begun to clear the southbound carriageway.

The A40 is currently closed in both directions between Cheltenham and Burford after two vehicles collided. A male trapped inside one of the vehicles has also suffered serious injuries.

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BBC News, 2011. M5 closed in Gloucestershire as snow blamed for crashes [Online] (Updated 13th Dec 2011)
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