One dead, two injured in M5 crash in Gloucestershire
One person has died and two have been critically injured in a horrific crash on the M5 in Gloucestershire.
Emergency crews were called out to the motorway, between Junction 8 and 9 in the northbound carriageway, after the collision took place at around 9pm last night.
It involved a Sainsbury's lorry and a van.
The 22-year-old van passenger, a man from Batley in West Yorkshire, was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital where he died a short while later.
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The driver of the same van, a 27-year-old from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with serious injuries.
A 46-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent, who was driving a lorry, was also taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he is being treated for potentially life-changing injuries.
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, two senior paramedic officers, a paramedic area support officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), three medics and a MERIT Trauma doctor were sent to the scene. An ambulance from Great Western Ambulance Service was also on scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Several vehicles, including a lorry and a van, had been in a significant collision and on arrival at the scene crews found three men with serious injuries.
“One man, the passenger of a van, had to be quickly extricated from the vehicle by emergency crews due to his serious condition. The man went in to cardiac arrest and was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Worcester Royal Hospital whilst receiving advanced life support by crews and a medic. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at hospital.
“The driver of the van had been ejected from the vehicle and had sustained significant head and chest injuries. He received emergency treatment by the trauma doctor and fellow medics and was anaesthetised on scene to help stabilise his condition. He was then taken by land ambulance on alert to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the trauma doctor travelled with the patient to hospital.
“The third man, the lorry driver, had suffered multiple leg and pelvic injuries and was trapped in the cab. Crews, HART, medics and the fire service worked as a team to carefully extricate him whilst he continued to receive the very best medical treatment. After 120 minutes, the man was finally released from the wreckage and was fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a medic on board.”
Police investigating the incident have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
A force spokesman said: "The collision has occurred at the start of the contraflow. We believe that was something to do with it. It's still at a very early stage but we would like to hear from anyone who can help us find out what happened."
The northbound carriageway was closed for several hours following the accident but has now been reopened.
Contact police on 101.