M5 shut as man trespasses on railway line over motorway

By Jamie Brassington | Rowley Regis | Transport | Published: | Last Updated:

The M5 was closed today due to a man on a railway line in the Black Country.

Traffic stopped on the M5. Photo: SnapperSK

The motorway was closed in both directions between Junction 2 for Oldbury, and Junction 3 for Quinton this afternoon but has now reopened.

West Midlands Police said the incident involved a railway bridge spanning the motorway.

An ambulance at Rowley Regis railway station. Photo: SnapperSK
A man was handcuffed and put into an ambulance. Photo: SnapperSK

British Transport Police said one male was escorted off a set of rail tracks after a report of trespassing at nearby Rowley Regis train station.

He was handcuffed and escorted into a waiting ambulance at the station but appeared to be uninjured.

The railway line goes over the motorway around 500 metres away from the station.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "BTP officers were called to Rowley Regis station at 1.39pm following reports of trespass.


The M5 was shut between junctions 2 and 3. Photo: SnapperSK

"Officers attended and located a male who was safely escorted off the tracks."

The motorway was shut at around 2.45pm.

The southbound carriageway was closed for about 40 minutes while the northbound carriageway was closed for just over one hour.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
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