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M5 Southbound closed after fatal accident

The M5 Southbound is currently closed due to accident investigation work between J8 and J9 (Tewkesbury).

It's after a serious accident that happened at around 01:30 this morning involving a lorry and two cars.

A diversion is in place with drivers being brought off at J8 and directed to the M50 Westbound and the A417 Southbound towards Gloucester.

Serious police incident on A30 near Exeter

Check before you travel - police say to expect long delays. Credit: ITV News

The A30 is closed in both directions between the A377 (Alphington Junction) and Exminster due to a serious police incident. Emergency services are on the scene.

The M5 Southbound exit slip road is also closed at J31 A30 as police deal with the situation.

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Traffic chaos strands commuters on M5 after fuel spill

Commuters in Somerset faced delays of several hours today after the M5 was closed in both directions near Bridgwater.

It was after the top of a tanker split and kerosene spilt onto the carriageway.

Police working to clear the area now say the stretch of road between J23 and J24 is likely to remain closed for at least the rest of the day.

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The closure puts a great deal of pressure on A roads and other surrounding routes.

Commuters stuck in the backlog have been sharing their experiences:

Took my Husband 2 hours to get to Bridgwater from Burnham using the back roads !

– Emma Broadway Ives

Son now on the move but was held up for 5hrs...great British spirit made lots of new friends, school children off their coach, all accepting of a difficult situation.

– Julie Hiscoke

One woman's son was right behind where the above photo was taken:

My son is 500yds behind this, he has been stuck for over 2 hours with according to him not moving anywhere for a long while

– Julie Hiscoke

No hope of northbound coming off at 23 been sat stationary for almost 2 hours

– Samuel George Crawford
Ivan Steerment sent us this shot of traffic mounting on the M5 from the A39 Puritan hill Credit: Ivan Steerment

Dave Porter a 36 year old accountant took this photo from his car while stuck on the M5 for 5 hours.

Standstill traffic leads to people chatting amongst themselves on the motorway. Credit: Dave Porter

M5 closed after overturned tanker spills fuel

Credit: ASPolice Bridgwater
Credit: Burnham-on-sea.com

The M5 is closed in both directions near Bridgwater after a tanker carrying kerosene overturned just before the slip-road at junction 23 northbound.

It's between J23 A39 (Bridgwater North) and J24 A38 (Bridgwater South), and is causing traffic problems all the way up to Burnham-on-Sea.

The tanker was thought to contain 1000 litres of fuel. Credit: Burnham-on-sea.com
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