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Two-car fire causes hour-long delays on M5 motorway in Somerset

One of the vehicles affected by the fire. Credit: @TaylorWatson12 / Twitter

There were significant delays on the M5 motorway in Somerset following a two-vehicle fire.

The vehicles were involved in a collision on the northbound side of the carriageway near Bridgwater earlier today.

The collision resulted in a fire, which affected both vehicles and had to be put out by firefighters.

In a report, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they sent two fire engines from Bridgwater to the scene.

Two fire engines from Bridgwater were sent to multiple reports of a vehicle on fire on the M5.

Crews arrived on scene and confirmed there were two vehicles well alight.

Crews got to work extinguishing the blaze using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets.

Police also attended the scene. The incident happened in the third lane of the M5 and is likely to cause congestion in the area.

– Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Although the fire was quickly extinguished, and traffic was released, lanes two and three remain closed for some time.

Two lanes on the M5 were closed following the incident. Credit: @TaylorWatson12 / Twitter

Highways England urged drivers to consider alternative routes while the closures were enforced.

There are long delays on the M5 northbound between junctions 25 and 24 following a collision and vehicle fire near Bridgwater in Somerset.

Lanes 2 and 3 are closed at the scene. Emergency services including Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance.

Road users are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and may wish to consider alternative routes.

– Highways England