Man arrested after fatal crash causes long delays on M5 in Somerset

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A person has died after a crash closed the entire southbound carriageway of the M5 in Somerset. 

The closure caused long delays throughout the morning of June 26.

Police were called just after 4am to a single-vehicle collision between junctions 24 for Bridgwater and 25 Taunton.

The passenger of a black Audi died at the scene.

A driver in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He has now been released under investigation.

Two lanes reopened soon after 11am.

Police have since renewed their appeal for witnesses or anyone who may have recorded dashcam footage of the incident.

In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: "The motorway was closed southbound while collision investigators examined the scene and pending recovery of the vehicle and repairs to the safety barrier. Two lanes reopened soon after 11am.

"If you were travelling along that stretch of the M5 and witnessed the collision or may have dashcam footage which could help the investigation, call 101 quoting reference 5221142767."

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