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Driver dies in early-morning M5 collision

A lorry driver died in a collision between two trucks which closed part of the M5 between Cheltenham and Tewkesbury yesterday.

The driver of a Ford Fiesta involved in the three vehicle incident was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs.

Gloucestershire police said "We were called at 5.20am with a report of a Ford Fiesta losing control on the M5 northbound carriageway.

"A lorry stopped to protect the Fiesta from passing vehicles and to check on the welfare of its driver. A second lorry then collided with the first lorry.

"Emergency services attended and the driver of the second lorry, a 37-year-old man from Bristol was pronounced dead at the scene."

The statement continued: "A 21-year-old man, the driver of the Ford Fiesta, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs.

"He has since been released under investigation."

The surface of the northbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 10 was badly damaged in the blaze which followed the collision and the M5 heading north was closed between junctions 9 and 11 until this morning.

The southbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 10 was also closed for several hours.

Gloucestershire police said: "Officers investigating the collision are keen to hear from anyone who may have relevant dashcam footage or who witnessed the incident and have not yet spoken to police.

"Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and quote incident 86 of September 13."

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