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Part of the M5 will remain closed until Monday after a serious lorry crash that ended with a horror explosion.
On the northbound carriageway of the M5 between Junction 11 (Golden Valley) and Junction 9 (Ashchurch), Gloucestershire, two lorries collided into each other.
One of the lorries is said to have "exploded" – with people living more than three miles away from the motorway saying they heard the massive "bang", GloucestershireLive reports.
Police investigators are trying to piece together the sequence of events that led to the crash, and have initially said that a lorry stopped on the side of the northbound carriageway of the M5 after a Ford Fiesta had left the road in order to try and protect the vehicle.
It is believed that the second lorry then collided with the stationary lorry, with the stationary lorry then catching alight.
There is no word yet on the casualties from this crash, but police have confirmed that the northbound M5 will be closed until at least Monday morning, while two lanes of the southbound side has since been reopened.
Diversions are in place for people travelling north, between junctions 11 and 9 of the M5.
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A long green screen has been placed to shield the scene from the other side of the motorway.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said in a tweet that the M5 will remain closed until tomorrow after the ‘extensive road damage’ requiring resurfacing.
A spokesperson for the Fire Service said: “A busy weekend for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service who also attended the incident on the M5 earlier.
"The M5 northbound carriageway between J11 and J9 will remain closed until tomorrow due to extensive road surface damage that must be resurfaced as a result of this incident.”
Highways England Network Operations Manager, Beverley Mears, said: “We are working at the scene with emergency service partners.
“Due to extensive road surface damage which will require resurfacing the northbound carriageway is expected to remain closed until tomorrow morning so please bear this in mind when planning your journeys and consider alternative routes.”
A spokesperson from the Co-operative has confirmed that one of its lorries was involved in the incident, and that the store was working with police, but would not comment further.
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