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M5 blocked in Somerset after three separate accidents

There are long delays on the M5 after three separate accidents within a few miles of each other in Somerset.

Credit: Dani Joseph

Highways England says long delays are expected well into the afternoon.

The current scene. Credit: Highways England

The incidents all happened on the northbound carriageway in Somerset between Junction 22 (Burnham on Sea) and 21 (Weston-super-mare) at around lunchtime on 19 November.

Emergency services are on the scene.

The fire service were initially called to a road traffic collision where someone was believed to be trapped. After locating one collision where no one was trapped crews from Burnham on Sea proceeded along the road and located a second collision where a child was found to still be within the vehicle.

Crews got to work assisting paramedics in extricating the casualty and then made the vehicles and surrounding area safe.

Whilst in attendance at the second collision crews were made aware of a third incident further along the road and asked for another appliance to be mobilised to the third road traffic collision.

– Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Spokesperson

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Police search for 'vulnerable' man who's gone missing without his shoes

Have you seen Vasco Macedo? Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police say they're worried about a vulnerable man who's gone missing in Somerset, and are asking for the public's help to find him.

39 year old Vasco Macedo was last seen at his home in Chard at 5am this morning.

He's taking his bicycle with him:

Vasco has taken his bike with him. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

He was wearing light blue tracksuit bottoms and a grey hooded top. He's not believed to have any shoes with him. He doesn't speak English.

If you see Vasco, please call police on 101.

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