The M5 in Gloucestershire is closed between J11 (Gloucester) and J9 (Tewkesbury) due to a collision involving 2 heavy goods vehicles (HGV).

One of the HGV’s has crossed over from the southbound carriageway onto the northbound and has subsequently overturned. As a result, the HGV’s fuel tank has ruptured and has spilled out onto the carriageway.

Emergency services including Gloucestershire Police are in attendance. National Highways have deployed resources to assist with traffic management.

The closure is likely to remain ongoing throughout most of the day as there is significant damage to the central reservation barrier and the road surface.

Road users travelling northbound are advised to follow the Solid Triangle diversion symbol on road signs

Exit the M5 northbound at J11 and take the 1st exit onto the A40 heading west. 

Follow the A40 to the roundabout with the A417 at Gloucester and take the 3rd exit onto the A417 heading north. 

Continue on the A417 up the M50 J2 and turn right at the junction to join the M50 eastbound.

Follow the M50 eastbound back to the M5 J8 and re-join the M5 to continue your journey.

Road users travelling southbound are advised to follow the Solid Circle diversion symbol on road signs

Exit the M5 southbound at J9 and take the third exit onto the A438. 

From the A438, take the A38 southbound. 

Continue southbound on the A38, travelling the full stretch of the A38 to the A40.

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A40 eastbound. 

Continue on the A40 to the M5 to re-join and continue your journey at J11.

If this closure impacts on your planned route, please allow extra journey time. Plan ahead, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey.

Source: M5 | J11-J9 l Gloucestershire | Both Directions | Collision & Overturned Vehicle | Road Closure | Between J11 & J9 – National Highways

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary said:

“Officers have closed the #M5 northbound at junction 11 following a two vehicle collision during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 6 February).

“We were called at around 2.30am with a report that one of the lorries had overturned crashing into the central reservation between junctions 10 and 9.

“The occupants of the lorries have been assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be serious.

“Both sides of the carriageway were initially closed however the southbound side has since reopened.

“The northbound carriageway is expected to be closed for a number of hours with motorists asked to find alternative routes.”