'TWO CASUALTIES' have been 'handed over to the ambulance service' following a crash between a 'van and a car' on the M5. 

According to Highways England one of the vehicles ended up overturned in the collision that happened at around 12pm today. 

The fire service were called to the M5 between junctions 4 and 4A at 12:24pm to make the vehicles safe. 

A spokesman for the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "Two Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews – one each from Bromsgrove and Droitwich – were called at 12:24 on 13 March to an RTC on the M5 between junctions 5 and 4A.

"The RTC involved a van and a car which are being made safe by fire service personnel. There are two reported casualties who are being handed over to the care of the ambulance service. Traffic was heavy in the area as of 13:08."

A spokesman for West Mercia Police, said: "We attended a three vehicle RTC. We have now released the scene to Highways England."

Two lanes were closed and traffic is thought to be queueing for four miles due to the collision. 

At around 12:10 all traffic was held for just over half an hour.

At around 13:40 all traffic was held for a second time, all restrictions were lifted five minutes later.

We will bring you more on this breaking story as we get it.