M5 closure caused by police chase crash

Police officers and vans behind safety police line tape.

Police officers and vans behind safety police line tape. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A police officer has been sent to hospital following a crash on the M5, which closed the motorway for ten hours.

A 27-year-old man, who was also injured in the crash, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after the collision near junction 21, last night (Monday).

The crash happened took place at 9.42pm after officers from Avon and Somerset police attempted to stop a car linked to a man wanted by Staffordshire police force.

Two fire crews from Clevedon and an air ambulance service ere also in attendance.

A police officer was taken to hospital with injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

The northbound carriageway was completely blocked and remained closed between junction 19 and 21 until just before 7.40am.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: "Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has any information about the manner of driving of a black Ford Focus in the moments beforehand can get in touch through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact and use reference 5219179902.