m5 bridgwater
A lorry has crashed and ruptured its fuel tank

M5 re-opens after fuel spillage

THE M5 northbound near Bridgwater is re-open after an overnight closure because a lorry collided with a crash barrier resulting in a large fuel spillage.

The stretch of road between junctions 24 and 23 will remain closed while Highways England deal with the damage to the barrier and clear 3,000 litres of diesel.

Traffic is being diverted along the A38 to re-join at junction 23.

The collision just before 3pm this afternoon within roadworks section.

Highways England said: “The lorry has ruptured its fuel tank which has resulted in a large spillage and nearside barrier damage has also been reported.

“The fire service are on scene, working to contain the diesel spillage and once vehicle recovery has taken place a full assessment of the damage to the carriageway will be carried out.

“The northbound carriageway will remain closed for barrier repairs and potential resurfacing work and the road will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Road users are advised to follow the solid triangle diversion route and exit the M5 northbound at J24.”

Delays are likely on approach to the closure, with additional journey times also expected on the diversion route.

Further information is available from Highways England by visiting www.trafficengland.com and checking travel apps.

Highways England’s 24/7 contact centre team is also available to provide up to the minute information on 0300 123 5000.

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