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Tributes paid to woman who died in M5 crash

Joanne has been described as a loving mother, wife, sister, auntie and nanny. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The family of a woman who died in a collision on the M5 has paid tribute to her.

Joanne Jennings, 45, from Highbridge, died in the crash near junction 25 for Taunton, which happened at about 8.30am on Thursday, 13 September.

Joanne was a loving mother, wife, sister, auntie and nanny.

She was always filled with joy and happiness, laughing and smiling as she went about her day.

She will be sadly missed by family and friends and has a place in many people’s hearts.”

– Joanne Jennings' Family

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Travel: Heavy traffic on the M5 North and Southbound

There is up to four miles of traffic on the M5 Northbound between Junction 25 for A358 (Taunton) and Junction 24 for A38 (Bridgwater South) because one lane has been closed due to an accident.

Travel time is around 50 minutes with the matrix sign set to 50 mph.

There is also heavy traffic on the M5 Southbound after one lane was closed due to emergency repairs between Junction 19 for A369 Martcombe Road (Portishead) and Junction 20 for B3133 (Clevedon).

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M5 and A30 reopen after serious crashes on the region's roads

The A30 reopened at 2pm following a fatal crash. Credit: ITV News

The M5 southbound has now reopened between junction 28 (Cullompton) and junction 29 (Exeter) following a serious collision earlier today. The section of motorway in Devon was closed after an incident at 6.45am.

Police have now completed their on-scene investigations and all three lanes were reopened just before 4pm.

An earlier incident also closed the M5 southbound between junction 25 (Taunton) and junction 26 (Wellington) and the A30 was reopened in Devon at 2pm following an early-morning incident between the A35 and A303 at Otter Vale.

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