Thriller as man killed after being struck by site visitors on M5 motorway

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A MAN has died after wandering into oncoming traffic on the M5 earlier this morning. 

The incident happened between 1.40am and 2am this morning, when a man in his 50s, who was on the motorway for “reasons yet to be established”, was struck and killed. 

The motorway was closed in both directions between junctions three and four at the Frankly services and reopened at 8.30am.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area at the time to get in touch.

DEATH: A man has died after being hit by oncoming traffic on the M5 (Pic: HIGHWAYS AGENCY)

Inspector Russ Barker said: “The M5 is a central route for people travelling across the country and we’re keen to speak to anyone who was on the stretch of the motorway between junction three and four near to Frankley Services early this morning.”

Any witnesses should contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 55s 031118.

The M5 is also set to face further delays today as thousands of people travel to a carnival in Somerset.

Up to 120,000 people are expected to attend the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival and people travelling to the festival have been told to prepare for long delays and slip road closures.

Access into Bridgwater from junction will be closed from 6pm today. 

Gareth Price, emergency planning officer for the South West at Highways England, said: “The carnival is a popular event in the south west and can lead to increased traffic volumes between junctions 23 and 24 on the M5, particularly between 5pm and 7pm and from 9pm onwards.

“We advise all people planning to use the M5 on Saturday evening to allow extra time for their journeys, listen out for radio updates and to check our traffic and travel information channels.”

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