LiveM5 southbound coach crash. One lane now opened. Child injured. Traffic delays.

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  • ABOUT 50 passengers have managed to escape serious injury after a coach overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.
  • The incident has led to the closure of the M5 between junctions 13 and 14 Stroud to Thornbury in what the Highways Agency called a "serious incident".


All lanes are now open on the M5 southbound between junctions 13 and 14 so I am going to close the live blog.

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The spokesman added: “We’ve just been in contact with them [Prospect Coaches] but we haven’t been able to speak to the driver at this stage. “The coach the left the Action for Children group centre in West Bromwich at 8.30am; it was one of four on the way to Weston for a seaside day trip.”


The children and accompanying adults had come from the Action for Children group centre in West Bromwich according to a spokesman for the Confederation of Passenger Transport on behalf of Prospect Coaches.


More disruption on M5, this time further north.



On the M5 southbound between junctions J13 and J14, there are currently delays of 40 minutes caused by congestion due to the coach crash. Normal traffic conditions are expected from 4.45pm.


Highways Agency have downgraded the delay caused by this morning's coach crash from severe to moderate.







  • One lane of the southbound carriageway of the M5 has been reopened following a coach crash near Junction 13 Stroud.
  • Five adults and one child have been taken to hospital.
  • Fifty four people were on board including the driver.
  • The driver has a suspected back injury but is conscious.


None of the passengers needed to attend hospital and the Trust would like to thank staff at the farm for their assistance and for allowing us to use one of their function rooms as a make-shift treatment centre.


The remaining passengers on the bus were transported to the nearby Waterend Farm so that our crews could carry out further assessments.


Six casualties, one child and five adults, were treated for minor injuries. The child was taken to Bristol Royal Children's Hospital for further treatment and the five adults, which include the driver of the coach who had a back injury, were taken to Southmead Hospital, Bristol.


The Trust responded with five ambulances, two rapid response vehicles, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the air ambulances from Wiltshire and Great Western Air Ambulance.


South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has released the following statement:SWASFT was called to reports of a crash involving a coach on the M5 southbound between junction 13 and 14 just before 10am this morning.



"My thoughts are I’m glad we were called upon today so we could be there to give that support and reassurance to the passengers.”


"We’ve also had a couple of our volunteers providing emotional support because it’s been quite a distressing incident so we set aside a quiet space so people could come and have a chat with our volunteers over a cup of tea and get things off their chests."


Volunteer Matthew Johnson, 25, from the Forest of Dean, an IT consultant who is lead volunteer for the Gloucestershire FES service, said: “Our role has been providing practical support by providing nappies for babies and help warming up babies’ bottles as well as teas and coffees for those involved."


The volunteers are supporting a number of those involved by providing practical support such as food and drink and facilities to warm babies’ bottles, as well as emotional support to anyone experiencing distress, using the FES vehicle as a base.


Three additional volunteers were sent soon afterwards, all with training in providing emotional support, which can make a huge difference at a distressing time.


The charity immediately sent two of its FES volunteers equipped with a specially-adapted vehicle which acts as a mobile support unit and safe haven for people involved in emergencies.


The Red Cross was called out by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, to send volunteers from its fire and emergency support (FES) service, based at Gloucester Fire Station.


Volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing practical and emotional support to those involved in a coach crash on the M5.


Debris on the M5 near the crash site. Picture by Daniel Chipperfield (@DanChipperfield)

Kidderminster Shuttle:


Site of the crash at M5 Junction 13, near Stonehouse, Gloucestershire



The Highways Agency added: "Drivers from the Midlands heading to Bristol and the South West are advised to leave the M5 southbound at J11A and use the A417 southbound, A419 southbound and M4 westbound."


"There are long delays in the area and drivers are advised to delay their journey if possible or seek alternative routes."


"Lane 3 is now open however lanes 1 and 2 remain closed for recovery of the vehicle."


Highways Agency said: "There are long delays on the M5 southbound in Gloucestershire following an earlier incident involving a vehicle that the left the carriageway between junctions J13-J14."



One lane now open on M5 Southbound between junction 13 and 14.






  • The southbound carriageway of the M5 has been closed at Junction 13 Stroud after a coach overturned and landed in a ditch at just before 10am this morning.
  • Five adults and one child have been taken to hospital.
  • Fifty four people were on board including the driver.
  • The driver has a suspected back injury but is conscious.



"Witnesses or others with information about the incident are asked to postpone calls till later today, on 101, quoting Incident Number 92 of 19 August. "Callers regarding other incidents are asked to be patient when trying to contact the police at this time."


"Highways Agency have closed the southbound carriageway of the M5 at J13. It is unclear how long it will remain closed."


Gloucestershire police has released a statement saying: "The public are asked to bear with Gloucestershire Police who are receiving multiple calls about this incident."



A spokesman for the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents operators of UK buses, said the vehicle was from Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches Ltd. The coach had collected a group adults and children from a children's centre in West Bromwich and was taking them for a day trip to the seaside at Weston-super-Mare.










The crash scene earlier. Picture: @MotorwayCameras

Kidderminster Shuttle:


Gloucestershire police said: "Fifty four people believed to be of various ages were on board including the driver. Seven passengers have received minor injuries, not believed to be life threatening or life changing, and the driver has a suspected back injury, but is conscious."





SWAS, which is beginning to leave the scene, has said there are long delays and requested people avoid the area if possible.


All have minor injuries and patients are currently being assessed by ambulance crews on the scene.


South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS), which previously said there were seven casualties, said the six included four walking wounded.


One child was being taken to Bristol Children's Hospital and five adults were being taken to Southmead, all with minor injuries.



All traffic is advised by the Highways Agency to leave the M5 southbound at junction 13 and follow the solid black circle symbol via the A419 northbound then the A38 southbound.

They should then take the B4509 southbound to rejoin the M5 at junction 14.


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