Ambulance in Motion
Ambulance in Motion by Benjamin Ellis on Flickr

The M5 Southbound was closed for two hours this morning after a report of a man falling from the bridge at Junction 4 was received by emergency services just before 10.30am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man in lane one of the southbound carriageway of the M5 motorway with multiple serious injuries.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Long delays followed as the southbound carriageway was closed at the scene, with traffic being diverted off the motorway and around the Lydiate Ash traffic island before rejoining the M5.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area as traffic trailed back for four miles to Frankley Services.

Ian Tovey, stuck in traffic on the M5, reported on twitter that the motorway had reopened at around 12.30pm

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Any witnesses are urged to contact West Mercia Police on 101 or 0300 333 3000 incident reference: 131S 170512.

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