Emergency workers have said it is miraculous that the 54 people travelling on the coach that flipped over on the M5 this morning escaped serious injury.

The M5 is closed Southbound at Stroud after a coach crash

The M5 is closed Southbound at Stroud after a coach crash

In what the Highways Agency described as a “serious incident” on the M5 in Gloucestershire,  coach carrying 54 people hit a barrier before leaving the motorway and crashing into a ditch.  Seven passengers, including one child, received minor injuries in the crash, but are described as “walking-wounded.”  The coach driver received a back injury in the accident.  Several emergency crews as well as the air ambulance and attended the scene.

The attending air ambulance landed in a field near to the motorway

The attending air ambulance landed in a field near to the motorway

 The accident occurred near Stroud and near Junction 13 on the Southbound carriageway.  Police have closed the motorway Southbound between Junctions 13 and 14 and there is no news yet on when it might reopen.  There are currently six miles of tailbacks and diversions are in place.
The coach can be seen overhanging the ditch

The coach can be seen overhanging the ditch

The children on the coach were on their way with their families from Dudley to Weston-super-Mare for a day at the seaside.

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