M5 crash: Full statements from emergency services and Bristol Airport after M5 northbound closed – Bristol Post
Casualties were cut free from their vehicles and rushed to hospital following a four vehicle smash on the M5 today (May 16).
Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway near Avonmouth just after 7.15am this morning.
The incident also led to congestion in the city centre as drivers attempted to avoid the area.
One witness said: “The bang was like bomb going off and a cloud of dust filled my mirror across all three lanes.”
An ambulance spokesperson said two casualties were rushed to hospital after being treated at the scene.
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“South Western Ambulance Service were called at just before 7.15am to a multi vehicle road traffic accident on the M5 at Junction 18 (northbound),” he said.
“We sent several resources to the scene including three ambulances, the critical care team and senior paramedics.
“Two patients were treated at the scene and have been taken by land ambulance onto hospital.”
Avon Fire and Rescue statement
Avon Fire and Rescue said the patients were rescued from their vehicles while a third casualty was also taken to hospital.
“Two casualties were rescued using heavy rescue equipment and assessed by ambulance crews before being conveyed to hospital,” a fire service spokesman said.
“One casualty self rescued prior to crews arrival and was also conveyed to hospital.”
A police spokesman added: “We were called at 7.18am by ambulance. Four vehicle collision, one of the vehicles is a lorry. There are people injured.”
One eyewitness, who was driving passed the collision on the southbound side, said he saw a passenger being cut free from a lorry by firefighters.
Trapped traffic has now being released via lane three.
A spokesman for Bristol Airport said on Twitter: “There is currently congestion in the area around the M5 Avonmouth Bridge following an earlier incident affecting traffic travelling in all directions.
“Please ensure you leave additional time for your journeys.”
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