M5 rush hour chaos after body is found on road

M5 rush hour chaos after body is found on road sparking police shut down of 10-mile stretch of motorway

  • Roads have reopened after police found a dead body on the M5 on Wednesday 
  • Northbound carriageway between junctions 11A and 12 had now fully reopened 
  • Two of the three lanes of southbound carriageway also open with speed limits
  • No details revealed about the dead person and how they’ve ended up in the road 

A 10-mile stretch of the M5 has re-opened after it was shut for more than 12 hours when police found a body on the carriageway.

Both sides of the motorway were shut when the body was discovered in the road between Brockworth and Quedgeley, in Gloucestershire, in at around 4.10am on Wednesday.

Gloucestershire Police had warned that the road, which was blocked between junctions 11A and 12, would be closed for ‘some hours’ this morning and told motorists to expect long delays as a result.  

The force has now confirmed the northbound carriageway has fully reopened, alongside two of the three lanes of the southbound carriageway but reduced speed limits are in forced.  

Queues grow after the police found a body on the M5 as officers warned of rush hour chaos this morning, with a 10-mile stretch of the motorway closed

Police added that inquiries are underway to identify the dead person. Investigations are also considering whether it was somebody reported missing on Wednesday.

Chief Inspector Alistair Barby said: ‘We appreciate that these closures have caused a significant impact on people travelling in the area and I would like to thank everyone for their continued patience throughout this.

‘Our officers remain at the scene investigating the circumstances of what has taken place and we have had a number of people contact us with information following our appeals.

‘Our officers are also being supported and assisted by colleagues from both Wiltshire Police and Avon and Somerset Police and I would like to pass my thanks on to them.

Large stretches of the M5 were completely empty this morning during the rush hour after police closed the motorway in both directions

Large stretches of the M5 were completely empty this morning during the rush hour after police closed the motorway in both directions

A spokesman said the body was reported shortly before 4.10am today and had been found on the southbound carriageway around a mile north of Gloucester Services

A spokesman said the body was reported shortly before 4.10am today and had been found on the southbound carriageway around a mile north of Gloucester Services

‘While we understand how much impact these closures are having, someone has died and it is our responsibility to get answers for their family as to what has happened, while also protecting the dignity of the person involved’.  

No details have yet been revealed about the dead person or how they came to be lying in the road between Brockworth and Quedgeley in Gloucestershire. 

A spokesman said the body was reported shortly before 4.10am today and had been found on the southbound carriageway around a mile north of Gloucester Services.

Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesman added: ‘Police have closed both sides of the motorway while the body is recovered and a serious investigation takes place.

Gloucestershire Police warned that the road would be closed for 'some hours' this morning and told motorists to expect long delays as a result

Gloucestershire Police warned that the road would be closed for ‘some hours’ this morning and told motorists to expect long delays as a result

‘Diversions have been put in place but significant disruption is expected this morning and is likely to last for a number of hours while police continues to work at the scene and establish the circumstances.’

Police ask anyone who travelled between junctions 11 and 12 on either carriageway between 3.45am and 4.15am on Wednesday to get in contact. 

Chief Inspector Barby said:  ‘The investigation continues and we are still keen to hear from anyone who has not yet contacted police who travelled between junctions 11 and 12 on either carriageway between 3.45am and 4.15am on Wednesday.

‘Information can be given to police by calling 101 and quoting incident 34 of October 30.’

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