Three dead, several injured in M5 pile-up

Three men have been killed and several other people injured in a crash on the M5 motorway.

The collision, involving at least four vehicles, happened between junction 8 southbound for the M50 and junction 9 for Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, just after 1am on Thursday.

Emergency services attended the scene, where two men were pronounced dead a third was taken to hospital where he later died.

A fourth man was treated for back and leg injuries before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, while four patients from other cars were treated by paramedics.

The motorway remains closed and Gloucestershire Police are advising drivers to avoid the area while investigations take place.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Emergency services found a car which had been involved in a serious collision with four men inside.

"Sadly, nothing could be done to save two men and they were confirmed dead on scene.

"A third man was in a critical condition and received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and the trauma doctor at the roadside before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Sadly, the man was later confirmed dead at hospital."

A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Police said at least four vehicles were involved in the crash.

"Officers are advising motorists to avoid the area whilst investigations are carried out," the force spokeswoman said.

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