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M5 in Somerset reopens after lorry crash
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- M5 was closed southbound at J24 following lorry crash
- Long delays for drivers in Somerset
- Incident happened just after 9am, road reopened 11.15am
- One lane of A38 also closed due to unrelated incident
ALL lanes of the M5 have now been reopened.
Delays are continuing while the traffic backlog clears.
POLICE say they hope to reopen the southbound M5 motorway soon.
One lorry driver suffered head injuries in the collision, which happened just after 9am, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Queues on the M5 right now because of the lorry crash near J24 southbound http://t.co/7qOqGxAKs7— @bbcsomerset 18 October 2013
LONG tailbacks are now being reported along the southbound carriageway of the M5.
Long queues of traffic have also built up along the A38 in North Petherton.
@CountyGazette Miles of traffic down the M5 J22 and J25 has come to a standstill one of the lorries has a crushed cab, hope the driver is ok— @SophieF101 18 October 2013
@CountyGazette Don't look very good. Hope the lorry driver is ok.— @CharlottieH83 18 October 2013
9:47am Fri 18 Oct 13
Its like on lorry crash a week whats going on?
I spent 3hrs behind the one at jct 19 the other week.
THE northbound carriageway is now believed to have fully reopened following the crash.
All three lanes of the southbound carriageway remain closed but there are reports that vehicles are being allowed to use the hard shoulder to pass the scene.
M5 southbound closed from junction 24 following a lorry crash. This is expected to add to delays in N. Petherton caused by burst water main.— @BWMercury 18 October 2013
DELAYS caused by the closure are expected to be made worse because the A38 in North Petherton - one of the usual diversion routes - is currently down to one lane with temporary traffic lights in both directions due to a burst water main.
HIGHWAYS traffic cameras capture the scene.
A CRASH between two lorries has closed the M5 southbound in Somerset.
The incident happened near junction 25 for Taunton.
One lane has also been closed off northbound.
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