The M5 in Somerset is expected to remain closed during the evening rush hour following a seven-vehicle collision in which two people died.
The collision happened just after 8.30am on Thursday 13th September. An HGV and six cars were involved in the incident on the southbound M5 near to junction 24, Huntworth.
The female driver of one car and the male passenger of another car sadly were pronounced dead at the scene. Two women from the same two vehicles were taken to Southmead hospital with serious injuries. Specially trained family liaison officers will support the families.
Two other people went to Musgrove Park Hospital for treatment to injuries not believed life-threatening or life-changing and one person was treated at the scene and released.
The motorway was closed in both directions between junction 24, Huntworth, and junction 25, Taunton while a well-rehearsed multi-agency operation was underway.
The northbound carriageway reopened at about midday. The southbound M5 remains closed while emergency services carry out a detailed examination of the scene and recover the vehicles.
Inspector Frazer Davey said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have lost their lives or been injured on the M5 today.
“While I appreciate how disruptive the road closure is I’m sure people will understand our need to carry out a thorough investigation to establish exactly how this happened.
“I’d like to thank people for their patience while the emergency teams are working at the scene and as the vehicles are being recovered.”