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Missing teenager found

A teenager who disappeared from her home in Bridgwater has been found.

15-year-old Sascha Gallichan was last seen at 11pm on Sunday January 17, and had not been heard from since.

Police have now said she has been found safe and well.

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Teenager missing from Bridgwater

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing for help after a 15-year-old disappeared from her home in Bridgwater.

Sascha Gallichan was last seen at 11pm on Sunday January 17, and has not been heard from since.

Police say they are concerned for the teenager and have urged her to make contact with them, or her family as soon as possible.

She is 5ft 3ins, of small build and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

She may have travelled to Brighton where she has friends.

M5 southbound closed after major accident

A major accident between a motorcyclist, lorry and a number of cars has closed the M5 southbound between junctions 24 - 25 near Bridgwater.

Police say the motorway is likely to remain closed for some time. The cars have been moved to the hard shoulder and the motorcyclist is receiving attention at the scene for what's believed to be a spinal injury.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area.

Southbound M5 open but drivers should expect congestion

Police have taken to Twitter to announce the expected reopening times of the M5 motorway near Bridgwater after a lorry overturned and spilled diesel over the carriageway earlier today (6 January).

Southbound lanes have been reopened but northbound will remain closed tonight and is expected to reopen tomorrow (7 January) at 06:00 due to resurfacing work.

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Drivers are being advised to check their route and listen to traffic updates while travelling.

Other surrounding roads are also beginning to get busier as a result of traffic moving away from the closure.

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Environmental fears after kerosene spill on M5

Credit: Burnham-on-sea.com

Some environmental concerns have been raised after a tanker carrying kerosene overturned and spilled its load over the M5 carriageway near Bridgwater.

1000 l
Amount of fuel thought to have spilled in the accident

The motorway has been closed and the Environment Agency is on the scene to make sure a nearby river is unaffected.

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.

YOUR VIEWS:

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
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