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Monday 15 September 2014

Up to 50 coach passengers escape serious injury following UK motorway crash

Published 19/08/2014 | 11:15

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The coach crashed and overturned on the M5
The coach crashed and overturned on the M5

Around 50 passengers escaped injury after a coach crashed and overturned on the M5.

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The driver of the vehicle suffered a back injury during the incident between Junctions 13 and 14, near Dursley, Gloucestershire, this morning.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "We were notified shortly before 10am that a coach had left the southbound M5 motorway close to Junction 13, had overturned and landed in a ditch.

"Transport is being provided to take the passengers away from the scene."

The South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said there were a total of seven casualties, who were described as "walking wounded".

"We were notified at 9.58am that a coach had left the carriageway. It was the only vehicle involved in the incident," a trust spokesman said.

"There were seven casualties and all of them sustained minor injuries. They are being assessed at the scene to see if they need to be taken to hospital."

The Highways Agency has closed the southbound carriageway between Junctions 13 and 14.

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