M5 Closure Northbound J6 to J5, Worcestershire. Wednesday 29th September 2016
The M5 in Worcestershire was closed northbound between J6 and J5 due to an incident involving two heavy goods vehicles. One of the heavy goods vehicles overturned and as a result shed its load of agricultural equipment on to the carriageway.
At approximately 16:45 Highways England received reports there had been a road traffic collision involving 2 heavy goods vehicles. As a result one of the vehicles which was transporting agricultural equipment overturned spilling its load and a large amount of oil on to the carriageway.
Our West Midlands Regional Control Centre observed this on CCTV and began informing our customers via on-road electronic signs. Our National Traffic
Operations Centre was also informed and utilised social media on our @HighwaysWMids and @HighwaysSwest Twitter feeds, a headline message
on our website and regular reports to travel media, partners and our
Customer Contact Centre.
CCTV showed congestion back to J7 and with the evening rush hour approaching it increased to J8. Messages were set on our electronic Variable Message Signs on approaching routes warning motorists of the closure on the M5 and a diversion route was put in place. There was a considerable amount of traffic stuck between the
junctions where the incident had occurred. At approximately 18:15 a lane was opened past the scene and affected motorists in the closure were directed past the scene. A specialist recovery team arrived on scene and commenced recovering the vehicles involved and the shed load of equipment.
At 22:30 one lane was able to be re-opened to help ease delays whilst two lanes remained closed to assist with the ongoing recovery work. Once the delays had cleared the road was closed again to carry out emergency
resurfacing due to damage caused by the oil spillage.
Just after 04:00 the resurfacing had been completed and the new surface was in the process of cooling. At 05:15 the road was fully re-opened.
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