Motorway closed following fatal collision

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 October 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 11 October 2010

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A PEDESTRIAN died following a collision with a vehicle on the M5 on Friday.

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses following the fatality near the Burnham junction at about 10.47pm.

They say that a single vehicle collision had occurred on the northbound carriageway prior to the death.

A man is reported to have left the vehicle and crossed the central reservation where he was in collision with a vehicle travelling on the southbound carriageway.

It was later confirmed that the injured man, believed to be aged in his 20s, had died.

Both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the M5, between junctions 23 and 22, were closed for several hours.

Police are seeking the driver of a vehicle, possibly a silver or light coloured Renault, which may have left the scene and continued on its journey on the northbound carriageway.

The vehicle is not thought to have had any involvement in the original incident but is thought to have been in a slight collision with one of the emergency vehicles attending the scene. The vehicle may have slight damage.

Police investigators believe the driver could have crucial information to help their enquiries.

Police re-opened the northbound carriageway at about midnight and the closures on the southbound carriageway were removed shortly after 6am.

They would like anyone who has any information to contact them on 0845 4567000.

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