Major traffic delays as M5 blocked by crash near Weston-super-Mare

There are miles of tailbacks Credit: Highways England

There are major delays on the M5 after a 'multi-vehicle' crash which saw six people taken to hospital.

The incident happened on the southbound carriageway between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea. It involved eight vehicles, including a coach.

The crash initially blocked the entire southbound carriageway but all lanes have since reopened.

The air ambulance was called to the scene and six people have since been taken to hospital.

Long queues of traffic remain

Large tailbacks remain going as far back as Clevedon, with some people reporting they have been queuing for more than an hour.

National Highways says the incident is not expected to clear completely for hours, with an estimate of around 3pm.

In a statement, National Highways South West said: "Lanes one and two (of three) remain closed for vehicles recovery and scene management.

"Please allow extra time for your journey."

Ambulance service statement

South Western Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 10.16am to a road traffic incident on the M5 between junctions 21 and 22.

"We sent an air ambulance, three double-crewed land ambulances, three operations officers, and two hazardous area response teams, and conveyed six patients to hospital by land ambulance.”

The latest from police

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police told ITV News: "Eight vehicles, including a coach, were involved in three collisions on the same section of road at that time.

"The fire and rescue service and air and land ambulances attended. Traffic on the northbound carriageway was stopped briefly to allow the air ambulance to land and lift.

"Lanes two and three were reopened by 11.45am. Lane one closure was handed to National Highways at about midday pending recovery of the vehicles."