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Family pays tribute to Gloucester woman who died in incident that forced M5 motorway closure

The woman who died in a collision which forced the closure of the M5 motorway through Gloucestershire on Thursday last week has been named.

In a statement released by Gloucestershire Police, the family of 51-year-old Tracy Board paid tribute to the prison worker who died when on her commute to work.

The incident, which happened at around 8.10am on Thursday morning between junction 12 and 11A forced the northbound carriageway to be closed for close to 11 hours.

The air ambulance was called to the scene as part of the emergency response, but Ms Board was pronounced dead a short time later.

In the statement, her family said: "Our beloved Tracy, 51, Daughter, Sister, Auntie and Great Auntie tragically passed away on January 2, 2020 during her usual commute to work.

"Tracy, originally from Cwmbran, South Wales who lived in Quedgeley, Gloucester worked in HMP Hewell.

"She was a psychosocial lead within the Substance Misuse, Drug and Alcohol team, which she truly adored.

"Her work was her life and if she wasn't working she was spending time with her family in Wales.

"Tracy has left a huge hole in the life of her loved ones and will be truly missed by all her family, friends and everyone whose life she touched."

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