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OCTOBER 3: Severe delays on M5 following lorry crash
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- Crash involving lorry on Wednesday morning (October 2).
- Drivers advised to make alternative travel plans.
- Incident happened between junctions 19 and 20.
- Lorry drivers suffers head injuries in the crash
TRAFFIC is beginning to return to normal following the serious lorry crash on the M5 which has disrupted motorists for much of the day.
Drivers are still experiencing delays during the evening rush hour and are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.
IN a statement, Avon and Somerset Police have thanked drivers on the M5 for their patience while recovery work was carried out today.
A spokesman said: "Motorists affected by the closure of the motorway this morning are thanked for their patience while we dealt with the incident.
"Shortly before 7am we were informed that a lorry had overturned on the southbound carriageway with debris and fuel spilt onto the northbound carriageway.
"All emergency services attended the scene and since then have been working to deal with the incident.
"Closing a motorway is never a decision we take lightly and we fully recognise the impact this has on motorists as well as the communities affected by diversions.
"However, on this occasion we had no other option and we are grateful for the understanding and patience shown by drivers and their passengers today."
THE uprighted lorry.
Update to the M5 road traffic collision (M5): Two lanes southbound remain open although there is a possibility... http://t.co/UOY4QkGfUg— @ASPolice 02 October 2013
DELAYS are continuing on the M5 in Somerset while emergency service teams work to restore the carriageways to their original condition.
Some lanes are open on both the northbound and southbound carriageways but long queues are still in evidence as the earlier backlog clears.
TWO lanes of the northbound carriageway have now been reopened.
The lorry has been lifted out of its position by a crane.
THE northbound carriageway of the M5 has been temporarily closed once more to allow further recovery work. Diversions are in place from junction 22.
Some lanes on the southbound side of the motorway have reopened but lengthy tailbacks are continuing to cause major problems for drivers.
Our photographer Jeff Searle sent in these photos from the scene of the chaos...
Police are redirecting drivers to J22 towards Burnham along the A38, which has become completely backed up with traffic.
M5 diversions northbound: exit at J22 and follow the "black triangle" symbol to rejoin at J18.— @ASPolice 02 October 2013
M5 diversions southbound: exit at J18A and follow the "hollow circle" symbol to rejoin at J21.— @ASPolice 02 October 2013
POLICE say they are hoping to open two lanes of the southbound carriageway soon.
THE southbound carriageway of the M5 remains closed following this morning's crash.
Police are continuing to work to clear the road but no official confirmation of a time when the carriageway will reopen has yet been given.
We'd like to thank everyone for their patience as we work to clear the M5.— @ASPolice 02 October 2013
M5 Stationary traffic prior to RTC http://t.co/mmsdPewF4o— @NPAS_Filton 02 October 2013
THE hard shoulder and lane one of the northbound section of the M5 are being re-opened.
Police are still advising people to avoid the area because of congestion.
The southbound section will remain closed until the road is cleared and examination of the scene is completed.
Police now say injuries to the driver of the lorry are 'not believed to be life threatening or life changing'.
THE driver of the lorry has been taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with life-threatening head injuries, police say.
Emergency services are continuing to work to re-open the M5 following the serious road traffic collision earlier this morning.
Roads remain congested in the Avonmouth and North Somerset area as people try to get work.
Chief Inspector Rhys Hughes said: "We would like to apologise for the inconvenience and thank motorists for their patience and urge them to bare with us.
"We are working with the fire and ambulance at the scene and also with Highways Agency to organise alternative routes for drivers, to clear traffic backing up on the motorway near to the collision and to try to re-open lanes on the northbound section as soon as possible.
"However we recognise that this is a busy time and many alternative routes may also be congested.
"The northbound section is currently being cleaned and we hope to open it shortly. The southbound is likely to remain closed for a longer time because we are carrying out a detailed examination of the scene."
Traffic on the M5 looking good! http://t.co/MaR3Y54HGg— @ThornleyBrow 02 October 2013
Northbound section of M5 may open shortly (M5): Emergency services are continuing to work to re-open the M5 fo... http://t.co/ov5zUJNE0W— @ASPolice 02 October 2013
POLICE say the northbound M5 may reopen shortly as recovery work continues.
Re M5 Closure: A38 severely congested. Airport service delays currently around 30 mins. Please allow more time for your journeys if poss SDM— @FirstBSA 02 October 2013
IT is thought the driver of the lorry involved in the incident may be trapped in his vehicle and has sustained serious head injuries in the crash.
Fuel is also believed to have spilled onto the carriageway.
#M5 J19-J20 (Nr Gordano Services) - http://t.co/UqPh2xFe3R - Road closed in both directions due to severe accident http://t.co/d5Cgts7Smd— @MotorwayCameras 02 October 2013
A SERIOUS road crash involving a lorry has resulted in the closure of the M5 in both directions between junctions 19 and 20.
Police say the road may not fully reopen until 11am and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.
Stuck on the M5 between clevedon and gordano! Standstill. Whyyyyyyy😞— @SamWaring26 02 October 2013
Wed 2/10: M5 closed J19-20 (Avonmouth to Clevedon) both directions X5 to St.Katherine's likely to encounter severe delay after Portway.— @nscoaches 02 October 2013
The #M5 is now CLOSED both ways 19/Portsihead to 20/Clevedon due to an overturned lorry (07:37)— @TrafficComplete 02 October 2013
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