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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