Trailer carrying cattle flips on M5 between Taunton and Wellington

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12:36pm

The fire service says the cattle were transferred to another truck and no animals were injured.

The motorway has now re-opened.

11:42am

It looks as though the lanes have re-opened and traffic is returning to normal.

11:41am

This is the scene now, captured by Highways cameras:

This is The West Country:

10:33am

Information from the Highways Agency shows that lanes one and two northbound just past Wellington are currently closed.

Traffic is building up in the area and is slow moving.

8:44am

MOTORISTS are being warned to face delays on the M5 after a trailer carrying cattle overturned this morning (July 5).

The crash happened northbound between Wellington (J26) and Taunton (J25) shortly before 8am.

Six large cattle were found in the overturned trailer and the motorway will be closed northbound while they are rescued.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Upon arrival, crews found one Land Rover and one over turned trailer with cattle inside the trailer. Police and highways on the scene who are closing one lane on the M5.

"Due to overturned trailer with cattle inside, the special rescue team from Bridgwater fire station was also mobilised to the incident along with the rescue tender from Taunton.

"Crews found six large cattle in overturned trailer and are awaiting arrival of cattle lorry from Bridgwater before release. The M5 northbound will be closed during this procedure."

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11:53am Sun 6 Jul 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Another day and yet another accident on this stretch of motorway.

Maybe it's time it was resurfaced as there is potholes the size of bathtubs that may or may not contribute to these accidents .

There are motorways in third world countries with better surfaces than the M5
Another day and yet another accident on this stretch of motorway. Maybe it's time it was resurfaced as there is potholes the size of bathtubs that may or may not contribute to these accidents . There are motorways in third world countries with better surfaces than the M5 Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 7

10:39pm Sun 6 Jul 14

somersetvoyager says...

Somerset_BTGOG wrote:
Another day and yet another accident on this stretch of motorway.

Maybe it's time it was resurfaced as there is potholes the size of bathtubs that may or may not contribute to these accidents .

There are motorways in third world countries with better surfaces than the M5
Probably better drivers there too.
[quote][p][bold]Somerset_BTGOG[/bold] wrote: Another day and yet another accident on this stretch of motorway. Maybe it's time it was resurfaced as there is potholes the size of bathtubs that may or may not contribute to these accidents . There are motorways in third world countries with better surfaces than the M5[/p][/quote]Probably better drivers there too. somersetvoyager
  • Score: 3
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