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M5 blocked in Somerset after three separate accidents

There are long delays on the M5 after three separate accidents within a few miles of each other in Somerset.

Credit: Dani Joseph

Highways England says long delays are expected well into the afternoon.

The current scene. Credit: Highways England

The incidents all happened on the northbound carriageway in Somerset between Junction 22 (Burnham on Sea) and 21 (Weston-super-mare) at around lunchtime on 19 November.

Emergency services are on the scene.

The fire service were initially called to a road traffic collision where someone was believed to be trapped. After locating one collision where no one was trapped crews from Burnham on Sea proceeded along the road and located a second collision where a child was found to still be within the vehicle.

Crews got to work assisting paramedics in extricating the casualty and then made the vehicles and surrounding area safe.

Whilst in attendance at the second collision crews were made aware of a third incident further along the road and asked for another appliance to be mobilised to the third road traffic collision.

– Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Spokesperson



Fatal plane crash: Aircraft in mid-air helicopter collision had previously crashed in Cornwall

There were two people on board both aircraft.

It's been revealed that a plane that crashed and killed four people, had previously crashed in Cornwall.

The fatal mid-air collision in Buckinghamshire yesterday involved a helicopter and the Cessna 152 aircraft.

It had previously sustained substantial damage to its landing gear, propeller and engine following a crash at a Cornish airfield in 1993.

An archived report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) shows the pilot admitted the accident was caused by his "misjudgement and lack of experience".

The crash occurred about 20 miles from the airfield.

Bearded Dragon rescued from house fire

Crews rescued a pet Bearded Dragon, like the one pictured here. Credit: Zaruba Ondrej/ PA

Firefighters have rescued a pet Bearded Dragon after being called to a house fire in Devon.

Crews were mobilised to a house in Torquay, where they found heavy smoke coming from a ground floor bedroom.

They confirmed there had been a small fire in a vivarium - and rescued a pet Bearded Dragon.

The cause of the fire was accidental.

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