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M5 southbound between Taunton and Bridgwater reopens after two lorries crash

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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.

Comments


madcow 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.

Score: 7
'tis true 10:50am Wed 16 Jul 14

RightToAnOpinion wrote…


The pictures of Bridgwater traffic looks like any normal day, have to agree with Blue Owl that the town is in real need of a bypass and also get someone to sort out the lights on the junction of Broadway and St John St as road sensors are in desperate need. Sit there quite often for 5 mins at red with nothing else on the road.

You ain't seen nothing yet ! Have a look on the SCC schedule of road works for Bridgwater. In addition to the traffic light works at penel Orlieu next month they are working on the lights at the Sainsburys Junction which will cause belam, then in September through until next May....yes 8 months, they are working on the Taunton Road Junction !!

Score: 10
RightToAnOpinion 10:13am Wed 16 Jul 14

The pictures of Bridgwater traffic looks like any normal day, have to agree with Blue Owl that the town is in real need of a bypass and also get someone to sort out the lights on the junction of Broadway and St John St as road sensors are in desperate need. Sit there quite often for 5 mins at red with nothing else on the road.

Score: 3
Blue Owl 9:58am Wed 16 Jul 14

Unfortunately this is becoming a Weekly occurrence, Crashes on Our Motorway Junctions between j23 -j 25 thus causing the Closure and Diversions onto the A38 From Taunton - Burnham -on -Sea.
Why, are not measures being proposed and taken NOW, by the Highways Agencies, to put the Much needed Bridgwater By-Pass, on to the table, as a realistic Proposal, for the Future requirements of our Traffic Infrastructure Plans, all we hear of is Millions££££ to be spent on Cycle Ways and Paths, I am not saying that they are not also needed, but they seem to have the Priority, instead of being part of an integrated solution.
It seems funny to me, that despite my constant calling for such measures to be adopted, very few have signed the Gov Epetition that I put in place, the Press, are not interested in Taking up the Challenge, on behalf of the Residents of Bridgwater.
I have said before, that my late Mother worked on the Proposals for the Original Bridgwater By-Pass in the late 1940 @ Bridgwater Borough Council, as it then was. For the Northern and Southern Bridgwater Ring Road. Scrapped- But in its place 60 years later NDR - Homburg Way .
Which, will be the " Pinch Point" for the EDF Traffic from the Dunball and Huntworth Convergences of Construction Traffic, for up to and possibly beyond 10Years of Construction Traffic.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl

Score: -18
twinkles 10:37am Wed 16 Jul 14

Hope the drivers are both ok.

Score: 12
MARTINI 129 11:01am Wed 16 Jul 14

What makes it worse traffic coming down Bristol road to Canon roundabout cant go to Monmouth street and blocking traffic wanting to go up the Clink or Bristol road how selfish are drivers ? The same at traffic lights at bottom Puriton hill and traffic lights from new estate Kingsdown the drivers can see they cant get across but they are anyway and blocking across the roads. Time the police were in control of these places when these things happens and stop these selfish motorists ! ! !

Score: 10
lordgodalmighty 11:39am Wed 16 Jul 14

Blue Owl wrote…


Unfortunately this is becoming a Weekly occurrence, Crashes on Our Motorway Junctions between j23 -j 25 thus causing the Closure and Diversions onto the A38 From Taunton - Burnham -on -Sea.
Why, are not measures being proposed and taken NOW, by the Highways Agencies, to put the Much needed Bridgwater By-Pass, on to the table, as a realistic Proposal, for the Future requirements of our Traffic Infrastructure Plans, all we hear of is Millions££££ to be spent on Cycle Ways and Paths, I am not saying that they are not also needed, but they seem to have the Priority, instead of being part of an integrated solution.
It seems funny to me, that despite my constant calling for such measures to be adopted, very few have signed the Gov Epetition that I put in place, the Press, are not interested in Taking up the Challenge, on behalf of the Residents of Bridgwater.
I have said before, that my late Mother worked on the Proposals for the Original Bridgwater By-Pass in the late 1940 @ Bridgwater Borough Council, as it then was. For the Northern and Southern Bridgwater Ring Road. Scrapped- But in its place 60 years later NDR - Homburg Way .
Which, will be the " Pinch Point" for the EDF Traffic from the Dunball and Huntworth Convergences of Construction Traffic, for up to and possibly beyond 10Years of Construction Traffic.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl

Bridgwater already has a bypass, it's called the M5.

Score: 19
lordgodalmighty 3:23pm Wed 16 Jul 14

TJB wrote…


lordgodalmighty wrote…


Blue Owl wrote…


Unfortunately this is becoming a Weekly occurrence, Crashes on Our Motorway Junctions between j23 -j 25 thus causing the Closure and Diversions onto the A38 From Taunton - Burnham -on -Sea.
Why, are not measures being proposed and taken NOW, by the Highways Agencies, to put the Much needed Bridgwater By-Pass, on to the table, as a realistic Proposal, for the Future requirements of our Traffic Infrastructure Plans, all we hear of is Millions££££ to be spent on Cycle Ways and Paths, I am not saying that they are not also needed, but they seem to have the Priority, instead of being part of an integrated solution.
It seems funny to me, that despite my constant calling for such measures to be adopted, very few have signed the Gov Epetition that I put in place, the Press, are not interested in Taking up the Challenge, on behalf of the Residents of Bridgwater.
I have said before, that my late Mother worked on the Proposals for the Original Bridgwater By-Pass in the late 1940 @ Bridgwater Borough Council, as it then was. For the Northern and Southern Bridgwater Ring Road. Scrapped- But in its place 60 years later NDR - Homburg Way .
Which, will be the " Pinch Point" for the EDF Traffic from the Dunball and Huntworth Convergences of Construction Traffic, for up to and possibly beyond 10Years of Construction Traffic.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Bridgwater already has a bypass, it's called the M5.
lordgodalmighty, are you not getting confused.? I didn't think the M5 was a bypass, I thought it was a car park!

Oops yes i get confused these days !

Score: 6
TJB 12:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

lordgodalmighty wrote…


Blue Owl wrote…


Unfortunately this is becoming a Weekly occurrence, Crashes on Our Motorway Junctions between j23 -j 25 thus causing the Closure and Diversions onto the A38 From Taunton - Burnham -on -Sea.
Why, are not measures being proposed and taken NOW, by the Highways Agencies, to put the Much needed Bridgwater By-Pass, on to the table, as a realistic Proposal, for the Future requirements of our Traffic Infrastructure Plans, all we hear of is Millions££££ to be spent on Cycle Ways and Paths, I am not saying that they are not also needed, but they seem to have the Priority, instead of being part of an integrated solution.
It seems funny to me, that despite my constant calling for such measures to be adopted, very few have signed the Gov Epetition that I put in place, the Press, are not interested in Taking up the Challenge, on behalf of the Residents of Bridgwater.
I have said before, that my late Mother worked on the Proposals for the Original Bridgwater By-Pass in the late 1940 @ Bridgwater Borough Council, as it then was. For the Northern and Southern Bridgwater Ring Road. Scrapped- But in its place 60 years later NDR - Homburg Way .
Which, will be the " Pinch Point" for the EDF Traffic from the Dunball and Huntworth Convergences of Construction Traffic, for up to and possibly beyond 10Years of Construction Traffic.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Bridgwater already has a bypass, it's called the M5.

lordgodalmighty, are you not getting confused.? I didn't think the M5 was a bypass, I thought it was a car park!

Score: 13
MARTINI 129 12:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Blue Owl your right the M5 is shut only route South is through Bridgwater council dont seem to care about council tax payers who want to go about their business! The councillors probably stay home most of them live outside of Bridgwater.

Score: 4
LookingForLiars 12:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

What do the emergency services do for TWELVE HOURS ???
This is what's wrong with UK and why other counties are doing better than us.

Score: -5
MartinB58 1:23pm Wed 16 Jul 14

LookingForLiars wrote…


What do the emergency services do for TWELVE HOURS ???
This is what's wrong with UK and why other counties are doing better than us.

Couldn't agree more. Should have been cleared and the motorway re-opened before the morning rush hour got underway.

Score: -8
MARTINI 129 1:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Blue Owwl. The relief road and road structure were on the pkans I disscussed with the council in 1985 ?

Score: -4
adamkennedy 1:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

'tis true wrote…


RightToAnOpinion wrote…


The pictures of Bridgwater traffic looks like any normal day, have to agree with Blue Owl that the town is in real need of a bypass and also get someone to sort out the lights on the junction of Broadway and St John St as road sensors are in desperate need. Sit there quite often for 5 mins at red with nothing else on the road.
You ain't seen nothing yet ! Have a look on the SCC schedule of road works for Bridgwater. In addition to the traffic light works at penel Orlieu next month they are working on the lights at the Sainsburys Junction which will cause belam, then in September through until next May....yes 8 months, they are working on the Taunton Road Junction !!

I think you mean bedlam. #GrammarNazi

Score: 7
Blue Owl 4:10pm Wed 16 Jul 14

BaldCarl2 wrote…


Does Blue Owl live on his own?

Once he starts he never shuts up. Yawn.... 😴

Bald Carl, I thought you had moved out of this our Terrible town that u love to hate. No I do not live alone, why are you enquiring. Is that your predicament !!!
As normal you have nothing constructive to Add, so I will treat it and you with Contempt............
One day, you may become usefull and have an opinion of your own, but you will have to quit reading the ' Sun '
Good Bye
David L Preece
Blue-Owl

Score: -10
BaldCarl2 2:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Does Blue Owl live on his own?

Once he starts he never shuts up. Yawn.... 😴

Score: 13
rolo130267 3:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

It happened at 3(ish) this morning. I drove past about half six this morning and there were emergency services on site. It's now half past 3 in the afternoon and there are still two lanes shut. As there were only two injuries and no fatalities, why is it taking so long to take away two trashed lorries and sweep up some debris?

On a brighter note, I think this is the first comment trail for ages that hasn't had a rant from 'SocialistParty-Some
rsetBranch' on it

Score: 1
Blue Owl 4:03pm Wed 16 Jul 14

MARTINI 129 wrote…


Blue Owl your right the M5 is shut only route South is through Bridgwater council dont seem to care about council tax payers who want to go about their business! The councillors probably stay home most of them live outside of Bridgwater.

Martini, it is not the BTC Nor SDC who are and have responsibility, both Financially and Operationally for our Highways infrastructure, you have heard me Post (seen rather than Heard ) often enough this Point!!
County Hall Taunton, just do not want to listen address the Concerns and relief our Highways, for a long time now I have Voiced my opinion, that there is a reason for this @ County Hall. There seems to be no lack of financing to build Construct Bridges and Roads Anew in Taunton...
David L Prece
Blue - Owl

Score: -10
Blue Owl 4:06pm Wed 16 Jul 14

MARTINI 129 wrote…


Blue Owwl. The relief road and road structure were on the pkans I disscussed with the council in 1985 ?

Yes they were the same plans, but never got off the Drawing Board which was the Point I was making .
Blue Owl
David L Preece

Score: -8
GreatOdin'sRaven 4:45pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Blue Owl wrote…


MARTINI 129 wrote…


Blue Owl your right the M5 is shut only route South is through Bridgwater council dont seem to care about council tax payers who want to go about their business! The councillors probably stay home most of them live outside of Bridgwater.
Martini, it is not the BTC Nor SDC who are and have responsibility, both Financially and Operationally for our Highways infrastructure, you have heard me Post (seen rather than Heard ) often enough this Point!!
County Hall Taunton, just do not want to listen address the Concerns and relief our Highways, for a long time now I have Voiced my opinion, that there is a reason for this @ County Hall. There seems to be no lack of financing to build Construct Bridges and Roads Anew in Taunton...
David L Prece
Blue - Owl

Uh, you've misspelt your surname. It'd be nice if you could also stop the random capitals too, it makes your comments even harder to read. I'll await your contemptuous retort.

Anyway... While twelve hours to clear the road does seem excessive, I'd imagine it takes longer due to the size of the vehicles involved and consequently the scale of the recovery vehicles required.

Score: 16
RightToAnOpinion 4:49pm Wed 16 Jul 14

rolo130267 wrote…


It happened at 3(ish) this morning. I drove past about half six this morning and there were emergency services on site. It's now half past 3 in the afternoon and there are still two lanes shut. As there were only two injuries and no fatalities, why is it taking so long to take away two trashed lorries and sweep up some debris?

On a brighter note, I think this is the first comment trail for ages that hasn't had a rant from 'SocialistParty-Some

rsetBranch' on it

Yes but he's reading them as the moronic git is manipulating the feedback hence your negatives. Typical of the commies.

Score: -8
Blue Owl 8:32am Thu 17 Jul 14

GreatOdin'sRaven wrote…


Blue Owl wrote…


MARTINI 129 wrote…


Blue Owl your right the M5 is shut only route South is through Bridgwater council dont seem to care about council tax payers who want to go about their business! The councillors probably stay home most of them live outside of Bridgwater.
Martini, it is not the BTC Nor SDC who are and have responsibility, both Financially and Operationally for our Highways infrastructure, you have heard me Post (seen rather than Heard ) often enough this Point!!
County Hall Taunton, just do not want to listen address the Concerns and relief our Highways, for a long time now I have Voiced my opinion, that there is a reason for this @ County Hall. There seems to be no lack of financing to build Construct Bridges and Roads Anew in Taunton...
David L Prece
Blue - Owl
Uh, you've misspelt your surname. It'd be nice if you could also stop the random capitals too, it makes your comments even harder to read. I'll await your contemptuous retort.

Anyway... While twelve hours to clear the road does seem excessive, I'd imagine it takes longer due to the size of the vehicles involved and consequently the scale of the recovery vehicles required.

Oops so sorry for my grammatical errors, I bet you Haven't written to the Mercury Editor complaining re the -- Hyphens in most of their reporting, as to when the Copy Piece, goes from the Reporter to the Desk. ??
I'm informed that one of the HGV trucks involved was a Postal HGV, so whilst the size was relevant and needed specialist lifting equipment, there was a problem with regard to the Mail debris over the carriage way, whether this is right or not, I haven't heard .
David L Preece
Blue-Owl

Score: -7
RightToAnOpinion 9:32am Thu 17 Jul 14

The RM vehicle did not lose it's load.

Score: -2
Spark plug 5:32pm Thu 17 Jul 14

TJB wrote…


lordgodalmighty wrote…


Blue Owl wrote…


Unfortunately this is becoming a Weekly occurrence, Crashes on Our Motorway Junctions between j23 -j 25 thus causing the Closure and Diversions onto the A38 From Taunton - Burnham -on -Sea.
Why, are not measures being proposed and taken NOW, by the Highways Agencies, to put the Much needed Bridgwater By-Pass, on to the table, as a realistic Proposal, for the Future requirements of our Traffic Infrastructure Plans, all we hear of is Millions££££ to be spent on Cycle Ways and Paths, I am not saying that they are not also needed, but they seem to have the Priority, instead of being part of an integrated solution.
It seems funny to me, that despite my constant calling for such measures to be adopted, very few have signed the Gov Epetition that I put in place, the Press, are not interested in Taking up the Challenge, on behalf of the Residents of Bridgwater.
I have said before, that my late Mother worked on the Proposals for the Original Bridgwater By-Pass in the late 1940 @ Bridgwater Borough Council, as it then was. For the Northern and Southern Bridgwater Ring Road. Scrapped- But in its place 60 years later NDR - Homburg Way .
Which, will be the " Pinch Point" for the EDF Traffic from the Dunball and Huntworth Convergences of Construction Traffic, for up to and possibly beyond 10Years of Construction Traffic.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Bridgwater already has a bypass, it's called the M5.
lordgodalmighty, are you not getting confused.? I didn't think the M5 was a bypass, I thought it was a car park!

I agree, having experienced the m5 and it's accidents for 18 months since moving from Kent, the M5 (car park) makes the famous M25 much more of a pleasure to drive on these days. Much more efficient, accidents dealt with promptly, lessons could be learnt maybe ???????

Score: 1
Dunfo87 9:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

i hate driving along the junction 25 strip north and south. 1 a week now easy

Score: 2
ladybird14 5:24pm Fri 18 Jul 14

it is a big lorry for the boys in blue to draw haha i have also heard they didn't called the recovery until late in the after !!

Score: 2
Dr Dave 12:56pm Sat 19 Jul 14

No wonder it took so long to sort out, they had one small forklift there to unload and reload the salvaged contents from the rolled wagon onto other transport, why was the USAR team from Exeter not mobilised with their telehandler, skid steer machinery and considerable experience? Probably on strike I guess! I'd tend to agree with the comment about the late call to recovery - I went by at 7am or so, with no sign of any recovery vehicles whatsoever; they should have been on site to start work immediately after the accident investigation was complete. Mind you, they probably had to wait for a bloke wearing a white hard-hat commanding £60k p/a to draw up the risk assessments and method statements before anything could start. Country has gone H&S crazy. Poor show all round.

Score: 4
Blue Owl 7:18pm Sat 19 Jul 14

BaldCarl2 wrote…


Does Blue Owl live on his own?

Once he starts he never shuts up. Yawn.... 😴

Bald Carl, I have not heard from yourself, re that BBC Somerset Sound, have asked you to go onto their live programme to discuss these issues,
Re the Highways and EDF Future Problems that are associated with the 10 year Construction and how that will affect our lives in Bridgwater. !!!
Funny that, seeing as you are the only one who who's views are worth listening to in this Matter, and indeed any other, But, it's all gone quiet, are you on Holiday...... As I asked you in my response to your sarcastic post to give some Clarity to your position, instead of your normal contrived in ability to string together a sentence or 2.....
Your contact details are, I will pass them on , As I sure Somerset BBC Sound will be eager to hear your views, as would we all.....As you R the Voice of Bridgwater !!

Score: 1

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