A MAN died after being hit by an HGV on the M5 motorway on Monday (September 28).

Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident, which happened at 12.25pm on the northbound carriageway between junction 27 and 26.

The man sustained “catastrophic” injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene.

Police are "not currently treating the death as suspicious".

The man is believed to be in his 30s from North Devon and his next of kin has been informed.

A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “This was an incredibly complex and challenging scene which meant that closures to parts of the M5 were in place for around six hours while detailed forensic examinations were undertaken.

“Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances leading up to the collision and how the pedestrian came to be on the M5, but we are not currently treating this death as suspicious.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have any information which could assist police enquiries including anyone with relevant dashcam footage prior to, or of the incident itself.

“We would like to express our thanks for the understanding, patience and support shown by the public yesterday during the extended road closures.”

Police units from Devon and Cornwall and Avon and Somerset Police attended the incident as well as the land and air ambulance.

A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service said: “South Western Ambulance Service responded to a call received on Monday at 12.25pm about an incident on the M5 northbound in the area of junction 27.

“We sent land crews and specialist paramedics to attend the incident.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via email (101@dc.police.uk) quoting log 313, 28/09/20.

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