Hereford & Worcester

M5 near Worcester shut after lorry hits bridge

Lorry crashed into a bridge Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption A lorry hit a bridge in the central reservation of the M5 near the Strensham Services

A stretch of the M5 near Worcester was closed in both directions after a lorry hit a bridge, said Highways England.

The crash happened at about 15:00 GMT in the central reservation between junction 7 for Worcester and junction 8 for M50.

A man in his 60s was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with a leg injury, said West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The M5 north reopened with one lane closure at 17:50 GMT.

One lane of the southbound carriageway opened just after 18:20 GMT.

There were long tailback and diversions were put in place.

Frank Bird, West Midlands emergency planning officer for Highways England, said: "Obviously when we come to remove the lorry it's going to have to be a very delicate operation because it's resting up against the central support."

Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption Jim Hancox, aircrew supervisor at Midlands Air Ambulance, tweeted: "Amazingly the patient self extricated and suffered only a minor leg injury."
Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption The lorry driver was taken by ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital

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