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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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Repairs starting on iconic Somerset landmark

Serena de la Hey will start mending Willow Man's leg this morning Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Work is due to take place today to repair one of Somerset's most popular landmarks.

The 40-foot high Willow Man went up beside the M5 in 2000, though it had to be rebuilt after a fire the following year.

The artist, Serena de la Hey, will begin mending the statue's leg this morning and will inspect the structure with a view to further repairs next year.

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Can you spot the cow that shut down the M5?

The cow 's exploits are already legen-dairy. Credit: Gloucestershire Road Police

Putting the 'moo' in commuting? The M5 was blocked in both directions in Gloucestershire last night - because a wandering cow had brought it to a standstill.

As baffled commuters waited in their cars (no doubt beeping their horns), Gloucestershire Road Police rushed out to save the day before the troublesome rambler could milk the situation any longer.

Finally, they tweeted the happy news that the cow had been reunited with its farmer - and the road could get moo-ving once more.

Cow closes the M5 in both directions near Gloucester

The M5 is blocked in both directions between J13 (Stroud) and J14 (Thornbury) after reports of an accident and animals on the road.

Highways England say a cow was on the carriageway, police are on the scene.

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M5 Coach: Mother onboard prayed 'don't let me die'

A mother onboard the coach which overturned on the M5 motorway has described how she prayed "please don't let me die".

Sharlodane Beckles from West Bromwich has been left with a broken neck and an horrific head wound which needed 21 stitches.

She was travelling with her toddler and said all she could think was she didn't want to leave him.

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