11am: M5 hard shoulder open but southbound still closed after lorry topple
A NORTHBOUND hard shoulder has been opened to relieve to get motorists to Bristol. But southbound remains shut until a toppled lorry is removed.
More information about the driver has been released. He was initially diagnosed with a serious head injury but he is now at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and his injuries have been described, in police terms, as neither life threatening or life changing.
Police still want people to avoid the M5 if possible. However, the knock-on effect on alternative routes has been felt in the past hours during rush hour peak time traffic.
Chief Inspector Rhys Hughes said: "We would like to apologise for the inconvenience and thank motorists for their patience and urge them to bare with us.
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"We are working with the fire and ambulance at the scene and also with Highways Agency to organise alternative routes for drivers, to clear traffic backing up on the motorway near to the collision and to try to re-open lanes on the northbound section as soon as possible.
"However we recognise that this is a busy time and many alternative routes may also be congested.
"The southbound is likely to remain closed for a longer time because we are carrying out a detailed examination of the scene."