Police stopped all traffic on the northbound road between Junction Five for Droitwich, Worcestershire and Junction 4A, leading to the M42. Highway cameras show officers at the scene.
Traffic appears to be moving in single file, as seen in footage near Junction 4A.
Delays of 60 minutes above normal journey times are reported.
The queues are about four miles long.
On its website, National Highways states: “The M5 in Worcestershire is closed northbound between J5 (Straightwich) and J4A (M42) due to a collision.
“Emergency services are currently present, as well as national road traffic officers.
There is currently about four miles of congestion on the approach, with delays over 60 minutes above typical travel times.”
National Highways provided details of the detour.
It adds: “Northbound traffic is diverted via the solid diamond-shaped diversion symbol.
“Exit the M5 at J5 and take the third exit onto the A38.
“Continue on A38 to M5 J4 via M42 J1.
“Take the third exit to join the M5 northbound.”
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