Two people have died in a car crash on the M5 Getty

Two people have died in a car crash on the M5 between Strensham and Tewkesbury. The collision, which involved four cars, happened shortly after 1am on Thursday morning and the motorway has been closed from junction 8 southbound as a result.

Police and paramedics attended the scene where two people were pronounced dead. A third person was seriously injured in the incident. Gloucestershire Police warned motorists: "The M5 is closed at J8 southbound due to a fatal collision. It is expected to be closed for some time. Please avoid."

The M5 is currently closed between J8 and J9 southbound, and officers are advising motorists to avoid the area. The carriageway is likely to be closed until at least 10am while Gloucester Police carry out their investigation of the incident and for recovery work to be carried out.