M5 southbound between Taunton and Bridgwater reopens after two lorries crash (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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M5 southbound between Taunton and Bridgwater reopens after two lorries crash
Updated 10:11am Thursday 17th July 2014 in News
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- All three lanes now reopen
- Crash happened at 3am on Wednesday around one mile from Taunton J25 exit.
- One driver had to be cut out of his vehicle.
THE M5 fully reopened to motorists this morning.
A Highways Agency spokesman has said: "Two lanes of the M5 southbound between junctions 24 and 25 have re-opened following an incident earlier this morning involving two heavy good vehicles.
"Lane 1 and the hard shoulder will remain closed overnight while emergency resurfacing takes place.
"Delays of up to 60 minutes still remain."
The road has been closed all day with diversions along the A38.
One lane of the motorway was re-opened at around 3pm.
THE Highways Agency says delays now stand at around 30 minutes.
Lanes one and two remain closed, and lane one is not expected to reopen tonight.
The HA website states: "Normal traffic conditions expected from 6:00 am on 17 July".
Traffic is still queuing heavily along the A39 in Bridgwater.
There are tailbacks from the Cross Rifles roundabout, all the way along Bath Road up to the new roundabout that leads to Bower Lane.
ONE lane has been re-opened on the M5 southbound between J24-J25 following the collision this morning.
A 20mph limit is in place.
RT @bbcsomerset: .@ASPolice says it's hoping to partially re-open the #M5 Southbound between J24 & J25 within the next 2 hours.— @Kayaks2Hire 16 July 2014
POLICE are currently working to clear up the southbound carriageway. They hope to partially re-open it within the next two hours.
M5 closure junction 24-25 south.@ASPolice @HAtraffic_swest @SomersetCouncil multi agency meeting.Plan to clear the scene as soon as possible— @rhughes_police 16 July 2014
All SCC roadworks on A39 and A358 are suspended for the next 4 hours due to M5 incident.— @SomersetCouncil 16 July 2014
150min delay on M5 southbound due to accident J24 to J25. Don't travel unless absolutely necessary.— @SomersetCouncil 16 July 2014
8:04am Wed 16 Jul 14
I live in Creech and heard a almighty bang at 3.00 a.m, and i wondered if it was an accident on the motorway. Hope both drivers are ok.
ONE of the lorries caught up in the crash belongs to Royal Mail.
A spokesman said: "We are co-operating fully with local police regarding the accident involving one of our vehicles which happened on the M5 earlier this morning."
It is not yet known whether the lorry was carrying mail or where it was going.
AVON and Somerset Police has just released the following statement:
Two articulated lorries were in collision between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton on the southbound carriageway at just before 3am.
The driver of one of the lorries, who is in his fifties, has been taken to Musgove Park Hospital. He has serious arm injuries and is undergoing treatment.
Ch Insp Rhys Hughes said: “One of the lorries tipped over onto its side during the collision blocking all three lanes.
“While work to recover the vehicle is due to get under way shortly we’re unable to give a time estimate of how long this will take and the motorway will remain closed for some time.
“I appreciate the closure will have caused problems for commuters this morning and I thank the public for their continued patience while we deal with this incident.”
Diversions remain in place from junction 24 and we continue to advise motorists to seek alternative routes and avoid the area wherever possible.
POLICE say work is about to start to clear the overturned lorry on the M5 and officers have thanked motorists for their patience.
Due to this morning's traffic the 15 service will only run from Burnham to Taunton. Taunton to Wellington will be covered by the 12 service.— @WebberBus 16 July 2014
MONMOUTH Street, Bridgwater
BRISTOL Road, Bridgwater
TRAFFIC at Bath Road, Bridgwater
Somerset: M5 closed btwn J24/J25 services 375/X75 severely disrupted. Bridgwater gridlocked. All services delayed. Est reopening 15:00 SDM— @FirstBSA 16 July 2014
THE Highways Agency say they are working alongside the police and other emergency services to reopen the road as soon as possible and to keep traffic flowing in the meantime.
Traffic is being diverted between the two junctions via the A38, which runs alongside the motorway.
The Highways Agency say delays of 15 minutes over normal journey times are being reported, but add that these are expected to grow as the morning peak period gets underway.
A spokesman said: "Drivers should check the latest conditions before setting out on a journey, and should seek to avoid this section of the M5 if possible."
M5 southbound carriage still closed between J24/J25, diversions are in place but traffic is slow. Avoid if possible http://t.co/nJJzYhaAAi— @ASPolice 16 July 2014
#M5 #Somerset J24-J25. Drivers should take plenty of water with them if they intend to travel as high temperatures are forecast.— @HAtraffic_swest 16 July 2014
THE driver of the overturned lorry suffered a fractured leg and was drifting in and out of consciousness, South Western Ambulance Service said.
The man was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton while the driver of the Royal Mail lorry, believed to be female, only suffered minor injuries but was shaken up.
She was taken to Weston General Hospital.
CURRENTLY the traffic scene in Bridgwater is much the same as it is every morning, with the usual queuing traffic down Taunton Road and at the Penel Orlieu intersection.
The route to Bridgwater from Taunton through North Petherton doesn’t appear to be too busy but more and more traffic will begin using that route due to the accident on the M5.
THIS is the scene between junction 23 and junction 24, taken by news editor Matthew Colledge:
THIS was the scene a short time ago:
RT @HAtraffic_swest: #M5 closed btwn J24 #Bridgwater - J25 #Taunton, for serious RTC, Avon & Somerset Police carrying out investigation wo…— @buttonnandbows 16 July 2014
RT @Traffic_SouthW: #M5 : Highways Agency say road will be closed all morning - diversion via A38 and expect long delays (2/2) (06:43)— @sickmouthy 16 July 2014
ONE motorist said they are currently stuck in three lanes of stationary traffic between junctions 23 and 24 (the Bridgwater junctions) near the Willow sculpture/Morrisons depot.
He said traffic hadn't moved for about 25 minutes.
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A DEVON and Somerset Fire Service spokesman said: "This incident was caused by one artic lorry breaking down on the southbound carriageway hardshoulder, which was then hit by a second artic lorry, which then turned onto its side."
HERE is a photo of the scene, posted on Twitter by BBC Somerset earlier.
THE northbound carriageway is open for motorists heading towards Bristol and the Midlands.
TRAFFIC is currently being diverted along the A38 through North Petherton and Bathpool.
Emergency services say they expect to re-open the motorway at 3pm.
HERE is a map of where the incident happened.
MAYHEM rush-hour traffic is predicted this morning (July 16) after a collision between two lorries on the M5 southbound between Bridgwater and Taunton overnight closes the motorway.
The incident happened around one mile from the junction 25 exit for Taunton and saw both lorries spill their loads over the carriageway and left one of the vehicles on its side.
One of the drivers had to be cut from his cabin and was taken to hospital as emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 3am.