M5 to remain closed into Friday evening following fatal incident

PUBLISHED: 14:43 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:01 09 February 2018

Police.

Police.

Archant

A section of the M5 is to remain closed throughout this afternoon (Friday) and into the evening following a fatal incident.

The motorway has been closed in both directions between junction 26 for Wellington and junction 25 for Taunton following the incident at 6.20am this morning.

An update from Avon and Somerset Police confirmed one person died in the incident, while another two are receiving treatment in hospital for serious injuries.

The statement added: “We appreciate the disruption this will cause but we’re currently dealing with a complex scene.

“We would urge people to avoid the area if possible and thank the public for their patience and understanding.”

Highways England is advising drivers to consider delaying their journeys or use alternative routes.

Northbound traffic is advised to exit the M5 at junction 26 and follow the solid black triangle diversion symbol. Take the A38 northbound and re-join the M5 at junction 25.

Southbound traffic is advised to exit the M5 at junction 25 and follow the solid black square diversion symbol. Take the A358 east through West Hatch. At Horton Cross, take the A303 southbound through Newcott and then the A30 towards Honiton. Re-join the M5 at junction 29.

Northbound traffic coming from further south may wish to exit the M5 at junction 29 and head north using the A30 as an alternative.

Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available from the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or (when not driving) from a phone or mobile device at m.highways.gov.uk. Information is also available on Twitter at @HighwaysSWEST

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

An Exmouth woman has overcome her fears to complete an abseil to raise vital funds for a charity which supported her cousin prior to her death.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Take a peek at the brilliant pictures our readers have been sharing for our birds photo challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Retirees invited to Jazz Garden Party to eat cake and make friends

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

The classic vehicle event in Exmouth raised almost £1,500 for charity

Read more
Fri, 14:32

A consultation exercise to find out how the people of Exmouth want the town’s seafront regeneration to progress will close next month, it has been revealed.

Read more
Fri, 13:08

A playgroup treasurer who stole thousands of pounds that should have been paid in PAYE was caught when tax inspectors turned up to ask about the missing money.

Read more
Fri, 07:00

Lucky Lympstone pre-schoolers receive high-tech gifts

Read more
Thu, 17:00

New images have been released showing how a new multi-million-pound deaf academy being built in Exmouth is likely to look.

Read more
Thu, 16:32

Exmouth’s Repair Café has played host to a wide variety of guests recently, including a rabbit, a horse and a donkey.

Read more
Thu, 15:37

Lisa ‘takes the best of blues, country, gospel and soul, and utterly transforms them’

Read more

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Show Job Lists


Find planning applications