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Witness appeal after lorry collision on M5

Police officer in uniform speaking to a motorist of another vehicle with the police car in the foreground

Enquiries are being carried out following a collision on the M5 near Bristol this morning (Thursday 2 March).

We were called at approximately 8.20am after a tipper lorry collided with a overhead gantry on the southbound carriageway between junction 17 (Cribbs Causeway) and junction 18 (Avonmouth).

We understand the lorry joined the M5 at junction 17 and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or the vehicle in the moments leading up to the incident. Dashcam footage from drivers in the area and showing the lorry would also be gratefully received.

There were no reported injuries but the road remains closed in both directions on safety grounds while National Highways engineers have been assessing damage to the overhead gantry and the road surface.

It is hoped that work will be completed within the next couple of hours.

For more information about the road closures and diversion route, follow @HighwaysSWest on Twitter.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5223050000, or complete our online appeals form.