A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after an incident that brought the M5 to a standstill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it had been called to reports of concern for a patient’s welfare near to junction 8 of the M6, where it links with the M5, at 11.33am.

The M5 was closed both ways between J1 for West Bromwich and the M6 due to the incident, with motorists told to expect delays of around 45 minutes by National Highways in a post shared on X at 12.46pm.

The drama, however, was resolved just over an hour later.

The ambulance service sent two ambulances and a HART paramedic to the scene and a spokesperson said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a woman.

“Once she brought to safety she was assessed by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital.”

The M5 was back open by around 2pm.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "We were called to a concern for welfare on the M5 at junction 1 near Oldbury at just before 11.30am.

"A woman who was on the wrong side of a motorway bridge was brought to safety and is being supported by health care professionals.

"The motorway was reopened just before 2pm."