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Motorway opens after fatal crash

Crashed van on the M5 motorway
Police said a number of vehicles were struck by beer barrels

A section of the M5 in Gloucestershire has reopened after an accident in which three people died when a van crashed through the central barrier.

The two people in the van and the driver of a Mitsubishi Colt it collided with were declared dead at the scene.

Fifteen people in nine other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

The southbound carriageway had been closed between junctions eight and nine and the northbound carriageway between junctions 11 and eight.

Vehicle damage

A woman in the Mitsubishi and a child, thought to be aged about 11, were severely injured in the crash which happened shortly before 1930 BST on Friday.

The woman was taken to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, and the child, who is believed to be her daughter, was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Many of the vehicles were damaged by beer barrels, which fell from the van as it crashed through the central reservation barrier, a police spokesman said.

A 100m (328ft) section of the barrier was destroyed in the accident.

Three people killed in M5 crash
31 May 08 |  Gloucestershire

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