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M5 crash: 'allow extra time for your journeys' this evening

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Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for journeys as work continues to reopen the M5 near Tiverton.

The Southbound carriageway is still closed after a lorry overturned this morning. It collided with a bridge and central reservation barrier.

Diesel also spilled onto the road.

The bridge suffered only superficial damage but all three lanes of the southbound carriageway were damaged. Credit: ITV News

There was significant damage to the carriageway, repair and resurfacing work is ongoing and we hope to reopen all three lanes by early this evening. Delays are currently down to 16 minutes and in the meantime we advise drivers to allow extra time for their journeys

– Graeme Berryman, Highways England operations manager

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Overturned horse-box leads to tailbacks on M5

Tailbacks on the M5 Northbound. Credit: Highways England SW

An overturned horse-box has caused seven miles of tailbacks on the M5 in North Somerset.

Two lanes are closed Northbound between junction 21 for Weston-super-Mare and junction 20 for Clevedon and Nailsea.

Emergency services have been dealing with the incident and drivers heading to Bristol are being advised to leave the motorway at junction 22 and follow the A38 or at junction 21 to follow the A370.

Vehicle fire on the M5

There's very slow traffic on the M5 between Devon and Somerset due to a vehicle fire.

It's between J27 (Tiverton) and J26 (Wellington).

Exeter City vs Newport match delayed after M5 cattle incident

The M5 came to a standstill earlier today as thousands of cars an hour made their way into the South West to enjoy the sunshine.

A trailer transporting animals overturned on the M5 at Exeter in the southbound carriageway.

Traffic was temporarily halted in both directions while the cattle were transferred into an undamaged vehicle.

The referee for Exeter City's home game against Newport decided to delay kick-off until 15:30 to allow everyone to arrive.

M5 reopened after overnight repairs following a lorry fire

Firefighters battle to bring the blaze under control. Credit: Highways England

The M5 southbound has been reopened after work was done to resurface the road following a lorry fire.

Emergency services were called to the scene just before midday on Sunday after a lorry carrying hay burst into flames.

The road remained closed overnight between Stroud (Junction 13) and Thornbury (Junction 14) to allow for resurfacing and a clean up.

The M5 southbound was closed from midday yesterday. Credit: Highways England

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Swan hogs middle lane of the M5 and refuses to move

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Police officers inadvertently recreated a scene from the movie Hot Fuzz when they were forced to chase a swan off a fast moving motorway.

The M5 had to be closed after the swan ended up on the road and refused to be moved from the middle lane.

In similar style to the comedy movie staring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, officers from Devon and Cornwall Police were caught trying to tackle the bird.

Sergeant Harry Tangye said the swan was '"standing around in lane 2" of the motorway at around 6am on February 17.

Tangye was a member of the armed response team who were tasked with getting the swan off the road and into the adjacent field.

Waterbirds like swans are prone to landing on roads when it is dark, especially after rain. They mistake the wet surface for a pond, lake or river.

M5 Northbound closed after lorry fire

The main carriageway of the M5 Northbound is closed at Junction 11 in Gloucestershire after a lorry carrying a large amount of timber caught fire last night.

Traffic is being diverted via exit and entry slip roads.

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