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M5 crash: 'allow extra time for your journeys' this evening

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Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for journeys as work continues to reopen the M5 near Tiverton.

The Southbound carriageway is still closed after a lorry overturned this morning. It collided with a bridge and central reservation barrier.

Diesel also spilled onto the road.

The bridge suffered only superficial damage but all three lanes of the southbound carriageway were damaged. Credit: ITV News

There was significant damage to the carriageway, repair and resurfacing work is ongoing and we hope to reopen all three lanes by early this evening. Delays are currently down to 16 minutes and in the meantime we advise drivers to allow extra time for their journeys

– Graeme Berryman, Highways England operations manager

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Overturned lorry closes M5 southbound at Tiverton

The lorry has been moved from the road. Credit: ITV West Country

The M5 southbound is closed at J27 A361 (Tiverton) because a lorry has overturned. Lane three is also closed on the northbound carriageway.

The 23-year-old driver was injured and he was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Traffic is diverting up the exit slip road and back down the entry slip road.

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Diesel was flowing from the lorry, the fuel spill makes the clear up operation more difficult.

Police say the road is "likely to remain closed until 18:00 tonight" but that highways engineers were "working hard to reduce this".

Search underway for two missing schoolgirls

A major search is underway for two young schoolgirls who went missing in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The pair, aged 14 and 10, were last seen at 2.30am in Tiverton.

Police have not yet released any further details about the circumstances of their disappearance but are currently appealing for information on their whereabouts.

The older girl, Eliza, is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, slim build with dark brown shoulder length hair. Police believe she is wearing a light pink bomber style jacket with a furry hoody and Nike Air trainers.

Missing with her is Gracie who is 4ft 10ins tall, slim build with waist length curly brunette hair.

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Crews fight to contain large fire in business park

Eight fire engines have been called out to a fire in a commercial building in Tiverton.

It's at the Tiverton Business Park.

Crews from Tiverton, Cullompton and Witheridge were originally mobilised - they called for assistance from another three trucks.

Fire fighters say that in a building measuring 100m by 40m over half the industrial units inside were well alight on arrival.

The Aerial Ladder Platform is also being used to tackle the fire.

Further updates to follow...

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