UPDATE 6.25pm 2 lanes currently being reopened by Highways West Midlands – the third lane will remain closed. The northbound carriageway will be completely CLOSED J4-J3 again at 10pm to enable further resurfacing work.

UPDATE 3pm: The investigation of the scene is now complete. However, the carriageway is now undergoing extensive clean up and repairs. Highways England advise that the northbound carriageway may remain closed for a number of hours yet.

The northbound carriageway of the M5 motorway remained closed this morning (Tuesday 10th April) after a woman was sadly killed in a two vehicle collision in the early hours. 

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision between a car and a lorry that happened shortly after 4am between Junctions 4 (Lydiate Ash) and 3 (Halesowen) northbound.

Cropped from original image by @snappersk

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed that an ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT doctor had attended but unfortunately the woman, believed to be the driver of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman in the car, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

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

Appealing for information which may assist the investigation, a spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “We are particularly keen to hear from people who were driving in the area shortly before the collision, who may have dashcam footage.

“Please get in touch to share what you saw. Even the smallest piece of information could help our investigation into this incident.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 giving reference number 52S of 10 April.  Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by phoning 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

Our thoughts are with all those affected 



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