Motorists drive wrong way on M5 to avoid long queues after traffic accidents

Motorists were driving down the wrong way of the M5 (Picture: Highways England)

Motorists have been driving down the wrong way of the M5 to avoid queues following several road accidents on Saturday.

Authorities released pictures showing a number of drivers operating their vehicles recklessly.

Motorists were driving down the wrong way of the M5 (Picture: Highways England)

This included a lorry driver blocking the road after doing a u-turn and motorists trying to access routes that had been closed.

Highways England spotted traffic driving the wrong way into Avonmouth after a collision northbound between J18 and J17.

It tweeted a picture of the offending driver along with the caption: "This is illegal. You are putting yourselves, our roadworkers and other road users at great risk."

A lorry did a u-turn on the M5 (Picture: Highways England)

Highways England also posted an image of a lorry driver blocking both directions as he attempted a u-turn, adding: "There is alot of congestion on the #M5 today due to multiple serious incidents.

"This does not however provide anyone with the ability or excuse to go through roadwork closures, or go down the road the wrong way."

It was also unhappy with drivers trying to access other closed roads by driving around cones, writing: "This action is ILLEGAL!"

An earlier crash between junctions 22 and 23 had also caused traffic to build up.

-This article first appeared on Yahoo

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