Man Dies In M5 Exeter Crash

A 47-year-old man from Shropshire died in a crash on the M5 near Exeter yesterday afternoon.

The motorway was closed for several hours causing long delays on the diversion routes.

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Man dies in motorway crash near Exeter

The M5 was closed until the early hours of the morning. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A 47-year-old man died in a crash on the M5 yesterday afternoon.

Four cars and a lorry were involved on the northbound carriageway between junctions 29 and 28.

The vehicles were involved in a shunt-type collision at the end of a tailback caused by an earlier crash on the same stretch of carriageway.

A Shropshire man, the driver of a black Ford Focus, sustained serious injuries and died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

Three other people, one man and two women, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The crash caused gridlock on the diversion routes through Exeter. The road was not reopened around 3.30am.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101, quoting log number 521 of 05/12/12.

Diversion routes around Exeter were gridlocked. Credit: ITV Westcountry

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Second accident closes M5 in Devon

A second serious accident has happened on the M5 between Exeter and Cullompton. It happened just before 4pm involving three cars and a HGV on the northbound carriageway between Junction 29 and 28.

Two people have been seriously injured and have been taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, one by air ambulance. The M5 is now closed both southbound and northbound with queueing traffic.

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ROADS: M5 - Devon - closed

The M5 is closed in both directions due to an accident involving a camper van a car between J28 (Cullompton Services) and J29 (Exeter/Honiton).

All southbound traffic is advised to leave at J28 and follow the triangle symbol via the B3181 to rejoin the M5 at J29.

Northbound traffic should leave at J29 and follow the circle symbol, also via the B3181 and rejoin at J28.

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