People had to keep themselves fed, warm and amused after being stuck on the M5 for several hours last night.
A serious crash at around 5.45pm that involved seven vehicles, including a lorry and a motorbike, closed the motorway between junction 5, Droitwich, and juntion 6, Worcester.
After an air ambulance landed to remove a seriously injured casualty, the northbound carriageway was soon reopened.
But five hours later hundreds of people remained trapped on the southbound side as police continue to investigate the crash site.
Efforts to turn vehicles around from the rear of the traffic jam appear to have been delayed, with people struggling to remain still for so long.
Hope you weren’t caught in the M5 closure Northbound – I’m currently Southbound been here for 2 hours. It’s GRIM! pic.twitter.com/eJqASo6Gj9
— KitsAndGiggles® (@KitsAndGiggles_) June 25, 2021
Just over 4 hours now we’ve been stuck ok the #M5 #wychbold @NWorcsCops hope the person air lifted is ok, pic.twitter.com/AYWU1jVHVg
— teri louise lloyd (@shorti2608) June 25, 2021
Been sat in standstill traffic on the M5 for 3 hours so far. Peed in a cup. Got wee on my back seats. Ran out of water 3 hours ago. Online updates say we aren’t moving until at least 11:30. I might die here
— Amy-Jade (@amy_hxmbrey) June 25, 2021
While some have looked to amuse themselves during the extreme long wait.
Who wants to stroke my dog on the standstill m5 southbound #m5 #m5southbound pic.twitter.com/CO6l6VPTF3
— Henry (@Henry76978851) June 25, 2021
Been stuck on M5 for so long that I think this is my new home now. Have decided that the new nation of ‘Emfife’ starts here, and I will lead the motorway people. Please join me to form the first local council. #m5 pic.twitter.com/MsBPorpJhw
— Pete Crowson (@OnBetamax) June 25, 2021
Stuck in 2.5 hours of standstill M5 traffic at the moment. I feel like we’re moments away from everyone going a bit lord of the flies and turning on other stuck motorists on the suspicion they’ve got half a twix in their glove box
— Ben (@MildlyHotTakes) June 25, 2021
How’s your Friday twitter? Mine is mostly like this…
Fortunately as a Debs I have quite the epic snack collection. Happy to share with anyone nearby! #m5 #neverleavehomewithoutfood pic.twitter.com/SYmIwiZOk9
— Debs Sharpe (@Envirotigger) June 25, 2021
What else is there to do on the #M5 4.5 hours waiting and counting 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/ceh96c8WpT
— Chloe (@_chloefaux) June 25, 2021
A Tweet from West Mercia Police at 930pm said: “M5 southbound Jc 5-6 remains closed whilst we continue collision investigation work.
“We are working hard to try and reopen ASAP. Looking around 22.30hrs.”
Tweets from the scene appear to show that the final motorists started to leave the scene at around 11pm, having been on the carriageway for six hours or more.