A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a lorry driver died following “a serious collision” involving three vehicles on the M5.
Gloucestershire police were called to reports of a Ford Fiesta losing control on the M5 northbound carriageway between J9 (Tewkesbury) and J10 (Cheltenham) at 5.20am on Sunday.
A force spokeswoman said: “A lorry stopped to protect the Fiesta from passing vehicles and to check on the welfare of its driver. A second lorry has 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. His next of kin and the coroner have been informed.”
The 21-year-old driver of the Ford Fiesta was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs.
The man has since been released under investigation.
“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,” the force said in a statement on its website.
“Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and quote incident 86 of 13 September.”
Following the collision, the M5 was closed both ways between junction 9 and 11 and will remain closed until Monday “due to extensive road surface damage that must be resurfaced as a result of this incident”, Highways England said.