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M5 now open following collision northbound Wellington to Taunton

THE M5 northbound between Wellington (junction 26) and Taunton (junction 25) has been cleared after an articulated lorry travelling southbound collided with the central reservation and overturned.

Southbound traffic was also affected due to debris and damage to the central barrier.

The collision was reported to police just before 7.15am today. The driver of the lorry was taken to hospital with injuries not believed life-threatening or life-changing.

Police worked with Highways England to release traffic held between the two junctions. The northbound carriageway was closed with a diversion via the A38 pending recovery of the lorry by specialist operators and repairs.

The southbound carriageway ws also affected but running.

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “The vehicle left the southbound carriageway through the central reservation barrier and came to rest on its side on the northbound carriageway. Emergency services including Avon and Somerset Police were in attendance.

“There was substantial barrier damage that needed assessing and repairing and a diesel spillage that needed treating before the carriageway can be reopened.”



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