M5 lorry crash picture reveals scale of devastation

This is the shocking scene of devastation following a horror crash on the M5 in the early hours of Sunday morning. The picture, taken from a passing helicopter, shows the scale of damage in the crash, which caused an explosion that could heard miles away. 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, to try to protect the vehicle.

But, as this picture shows, a lorry from the Co-op supermarket appears to have crashed into the back of the stationary lorry, which then caught fire.

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It is understood this lorry was the source of the ‘explosion’ that could be heard as far away as Bishop’s Cleeve, to the north of Cheltenham. That lorry appears to have been completely engulfed in flames, and the Co-op lorry’s cab almost completely destroyed behind it. The Ford Fiesta car can be seen a few yards away in front of the burnt out lorry, as firefighters and police investigators assess the scene.

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. A long green screen has been placed to shield the scene from the other side of the motorway.

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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