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Chaos after two die in motorway crash.

Byline: Campbell Docherty Transport Reporter

Motorists endured hours of traffic chaos yesterday after a motorway smash between a car and a lorry left two men dead. The junction of the M42 and the M5, one of the busiest in the country, was closed for five hours between 11am and nearly 4pm as investigators scoured the scene for clues and reconstructed the accident.

The A38 was jammed solid between the centre of Birmingham back through to Bromsgrove, a tailback of eight miles.

The accident happened on the two-lane feeder road from the M42 southbound on to the M5 northbound at junction 4a.

Central Motorway Police said a white Volvo HGV was in collision with a red saloon car at the end of the feeder road.

The resulting crash killed both occupants of the car, men aged 43 and 49.

Elsewhere there were tailbacks stretching more than ten miles on the northbound carriageway of the M6 after a motorist collided with a motorway bridge at junction 13 near Stafford at 11.45am.

The driver of a Mercedes had to be cut free before being airlifted to hospital where he was in a critical but stable condition last night.

Pc Martin Smith, from the Central Motorway Police, said the team investigating the M5 crash were particularly keen to trace the driver of another vehicle.

'We want to hear from the driver of a large heavy goods vehicle who we believe might well have seen the red saloon just prior to the crash,' he said.

. Anyone who witnessed the M5 crash is asked to call the Central Motorway Police on 0121 322 6025.
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