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M5 in Somerset reopens after fatal lorry crash
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- Man dies after lorry overturns near Bridgwater
- Van and lorry collide in second incident
- M5 was closed both ways between junctions 22 and 23
- Both carriageways reopened by 1pm
- Latest in a string of recent crashes on M5
ONE lane of the northbound carriageway of the M5 has been temporarily closed at the scene of this morning's collision to allow highways teams to carry out repairs.
ALL lanes of the M5 have now reopened in both directions.
A POLICE spokesman said just after 12.15pm: "Our involvement at the scene of the M5 collision has concluded.
"The vehicles have been removed and the Highways Agency are completing a final clear up but the road is expected to open shortly.
"Our investigation will continue and anyone with information should contact us on 101."
We are taking registration details of vehicles using hard shoulder and will be speaking to the drivers. Please stay in the queue. #m5closed— @ASPolice 24 October 2013
TWO carriages on the northbound side of the M5 have reopened following the earlier closure.
The southbound carriageway remains closed.
Accident on the M5 has meant most teachers are late. I'm nowhere near school on foot. I doubt I'll have a teacher period 1. #disruption— @emmathehud 24 October 2013
...and of course there's been a major accident on the M5 and it's shut both ways. Adding another hour onto my 8 hour drive 😞🚗🚘🚙— @gemmamullin 24 October 2013
ANOTHER view of the scene on the M5.
Don't go on m5 from the accident back to Weston supper mare turning everyone's sat outside there cars— @fazzeryeo 24 October 2013
M5 ground to a halt #traffic #accident #brill— @Jaffax3 24 October 2013
THE queues on the southbound carriageway of the M5 close to the scene of the accident.
RT @chrisweigold: With apologies to those delayed due to #m5closed, we have just managed to open a lane northbound from J23 @ASPolice @HAtr…— @cheddarvillage 24 October 2013
Police have just confirmed a man has died following the crash at around 6.06am this morning.
A police spokesman said: "Someone has died following the collision on the M5 this morning.
"We've told his family and they are being supported by a family liaison officer. The motorway remains shut while we deal with the incident."
A spokesman for the ambulance service said the more serious accident between the van and lorry occurred at around 6.06am near J22 southbound.
He said: “We attended with two rapid response vehicles, three ambulance crews and a doctor is also at the scene.”
POLICE say closures will remain in place until after mid-day.
THE scene. Photo: Mike Lang
Motorists are being diverted onto the A38 which is likely to see considerable congestion in the area #m5closed http://t.co/Upuz6TIoEq— @ASPolice 24 October 2013
ONE person has been seriously hurt in the incident, police have said.
THE M5 is closed between J22 and J23 following two accidents within hours of each other this morning.
At around 5.15am a car overturned on the southbound carriageway between the junctions for Burnham and Bridgwater.
A short time later a second crash between a van and a lorry occurred in the same area.
The crashes have resulted in at least one very serious injury and left debris scattered over the northbound carriageway and so the motorway has been closed in both directions.
Superintendent Chris Weigold said: "This is a significant incident for us and we have been left with no option but to close the motorway. I know this will cause considerable disruption to motorists today as people try and get to work, meetings and to catch flights.
"While we will work to get the motorway open again as soon as possible people should expect the road to be closed for some time.
"If anyone else is planning to travel through that area today I would ask them to delay their journey if they can, and if they must travel to allow extra time for their journey and plan an alternative route."
Police are currently at the scene dealing with the incident and beginning an investigation into the circumstances of the latest crash but it is a serious collision and the road is expected to be closed for several hours.
Traffic is being diverted off the motorway at earlier junctions and officers are working hard to turn around those vehicles stuck between the closed junctions.
Traffic is being diverted along the A38, although this is likely to result in significant congestion along that route.
Anyone who witnessed either of the collisions should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
Police say the area is likely to be closed for "much of this morning" following two accidents.
Police are directing traffic along the stretch of motorway and believe journey times will be increased by around 30 minutes.
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