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Lucky escape after Land Rover overturns on M5

Lucky escape for the two passengers of this Land Rover Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Two people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning.

A Land Rover collided with a Ford Transit van near Bridgwater at around 8.55am.

The Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway.

A 60-year-old woman, who was driving the Land Rover, and a man who was in the passenger seat, have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

This Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the Land Rover, as the safety barrier did its job and stopped the vehicle from plunging down a vertical drop of about 160ft.

– PC Owen Davies, Roads Policing Unit

Work starts on Bridgwater's town bridge

Work gets underway on refurbishing Bridgwater's town bridge Credit: ITV News

Work on refurbishing Bridgwater's 150 year old town bridge has started. The work costing 370 thousand pounds will repair corrosion from the water. Workers will have to work around tide times but the project should be completed in time for Bridgwater Carnival.


Bridgwater MP attempts to help crown estate tenants

Bridgwater MP attempts to help crown estate tenants Credit: ITV News West Country

A further attempt will be made today to break the deadlock over plans to evict 45 families from homes owned by the Crown estate in Somerset.

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger is meeting the organisation's Chief Executive urging a rethink on plans to sell the homes and invest the money elsewhere.

Two men from Somerset missing in mid-Atlantic ocean

Two Somerset men have been named as one of the four Britons feared dead after the yacht they were sailing in capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

56 year old Paul Goslin from Yeovil and 52 year old Steve Warren from Bridgwater were part of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki returning from a sailing regatta in the Caribbean.

The yacht got into difficulties near Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Thursday. A search rescue for the crew has this afternoon been called off.

"We searched with multiple assets over 4,000 square miles for pings from the vessel's personal locator beacons.

"After receiving no more transmissions we believe that we would have found them by now if we were going to find them.

"These beacons are small devices and the ones being used have a very short battery life."

– US Coastguard spokesman

Bridgwater house severely damaged after fire

The first floor of a house in Bridgwater has been severely damaged after a fire this morning. Fire crews were called to the property in Warwick Avenue by several neighbours just after 11:30am.

There were no reports of anybody injured but a support service officer is helping the family who live at the property.


Man received face and head injuries in Bridgwater

A man has received head and face injuries after he was allegedly assaulted in Bridgwater. The man was reported to have just left the Blake Arms when he was challenged by a man about comments he had overheard.

He is then believed to have been assaulted by a group of men who punched and kicked him. Police are asking for anyone with information to speak to them.

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