M5 crash: Pedestrian dies after being hit by HGV near Tiverton

Drivers are being urged to use alternative routes. Credit: Highways England

A man has died after being hit by a lorry on the M5 near Tiverton.

The stretch of motorway was closed in both directions after the incident which happened at around 5.30am on 6 September.

The male pedestrian died at the scene and his next of kin have been informed.

The M5 southbound carriageway has reopened but the northbound carriageway will remain closed into the afternoon, Avon and Somerset Police officers say.

Highways England have put diversions in place and officers are supporting motorists stuck in between the closure.

National Highways is advising drivers to plan ahead, follow the signposted diversions and allow extra time for their journeys while the closure is in place.

Drivers are advised to use the following diversions during the closure:


  • Leave the M5 at junction 27 and take the 3rd exit onto the A38, towards Wellington

  • Remain on the A38 for approximately 9 miles to the Chelston Roundabout, with the B3187

  • At the Chelston Roundabout take the 4th exit, towards the M5

  • Rejoin the M5 northbound at junction 26