Lorry driver killed in crash which closes M5 between Bristol and Thornbury
A LORRY driver has died after his vehicle overturned on the M5 between Bristol and Thornbury.
Avon and Somerset police say the vehicle had just joined the northbound M5 from the M4 at the Almondsbury Interchange when it overturned onto the central reservation at about 8am today.
No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the incident, which left the motorway closed in both directions between Thornbury and Almondsbury.
A police spokesperson appealed for witnesses to come forward and said: "Sadly, the driver of the lorry has died from their injuries and we’ll be deploying specialist officers to support their next of kin.
"A significant closure is expected due to the investigation ongoing at the scene, the work required to recover the lorry from the carriageway and the emergency repair work to be carried out by Highways England.
"Diversions are in place. If your journey is essential, please try to avoid this area and use alternative routes."
Highways England will be issuing updates on the status of the road via their Twitter feed @HighwaysSWest.
Anyone who saw the incident and has not yet spoken to the police should call 101 and give the reference number 5221 011 328.