A motorist died after he parked on M5 and was hit by a lorry

A motorist has died after he parked in a hard shoulder and was hit by a lorry.

The M5 northbound was shut following the smash at 4.40am today (Thurs) causing miles of tailbacks during the morning rush hour.

Police have found the victim’s car on the hard shoulder and believe he parked up and got out before he was stuck by the HGV and then other vehicles.

The horrific crash took place between J16 and J14 in South Gloucestershire and yesterday morning the road was still closed.

Avon and Somerset police said officers were still trying to identify the victim and contact his next of kin.

Ch Insp John Holt said: “We’re fully aware of the impact the M5 closure is having on motorists.

“We have to make sure we’ve completed all our investigative enquiries at the scene and ensure the motorway is cleared and safe to use. This work is progressing well and we hope to re-open the carriageway as soon as possible, but we can’t put a time estimate on this yet.

“We appreciate everyone’s continued patience and understanding.”

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