LiveM5 in Somerset now re-open after crash

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Summary

  • All lanes of M5 southbound between junctions 22 for Burnham and 23 for Bridgwater North re-open after crash in early hours.
  • Traffic reported to be moving normally.

12:06pm

According to the Highways Agency, the motorway is now cleared with traffic flowing as normal. 

This was the scene earlier (photo: Mike Lang)

Yeovil Express:

11:34am

Delays are down to 20 minutes. 

11:11am

There are currently delays of 50 minutes. 

11:00am

10:59am

10:29am

The Highways Agency says there are delays of one hour. 

10:27am

10:09am

There are still tailbacks in traffic due to the earlier accident.

The Highways Agency say normal traffic condtions are now not expected until 11.45am this morning.

9:42am

Severe delays remain in place, the Highways Agency expects normal traffic flow to return by 10.30am. 

9:38am

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) was called to reports of an road traffic collision between two vehicles on the M5 southbound close to junction 22 just after 2am this morning (Wednesday, July 30th).

Crews at the scene treated three casualties and all the casualties have gone in to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, for treatment.

One of the casualties is described as critical. 

9:37am

9:37am

9:28am

9:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

QuillPen says

Easy to complain about the delays - but are people fully aware of everything that needs to be done before the road can reopen?

Dealing with the immediate aftermath of the accident, police accident investigations, removing wreckage, clearing the carriageway of debris, clearing the oils spill, making any necessary repairs to the roads.

And that's just what I can think of. There's probably a lot more than that.

Have a thought for those involved, those who have to sort it all out. Not an easy task.

9:28am

8:55am Wed 30 Jul 14

theyardy says

Are the amount of accidents between Junctions 21 & 25,of the M5 typical of our National Motorway system or is this a particularly bad stretch.

Accidents on this stretch of M/way seem to be getting more frequent.

9:28am

The Highways Agency is now saying the road is expected to be open by 10.30am.

There are current delays of 40 minutes. 

9:01am

8:54am

@ExtraTrainer has tweeted to say he's been stuck at Bridgwater Services for two hours.

8:52am

8:43am

8:32am

The Highways Agency website is saying the road is expected to open at 10am.

8:22am

Accident happened at 2.12am.

Two fire appliances from Burnham on Sea station were mobilised.

On arrival, crews confirmed one car into central reservation but no persons trapped.

Three casualties at the scene were treated by the Ambulance Service and conveyed to hospital.

Clear-up operation is continuing.

8:04am

One lane re-opened but delays of 30 minutes and queueing traffic southbound.  Diversion in operation via the A38.

7:12am

Queues currently stretching back past Sedgemoor Services.

7:10am

The Highways Agency says it hopes to open the road at about 9am.

7:09am

The road is closed due to a crash between a car and lorry at about 2am. Recovery work is underway.

7:08am

Traffic is being diverted along the A38 because the M5 is shut between junction 22 for Burnham and 23 for Bridgwater North.

Northbound is open.

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8:27am Wed 30 Jul 14

rolo130267 says...

Let's hope that the clear-up operation doesn't go on till 6pm like the last M5 closure did!!!
Let's hope that the clear-up operation doesn't go on till 6pm like the last M5 closure did!!! rolo130267
  • Score: 3

8:55am Wed 30 Jul 14

theyardy says...

Are the amount of accidents between Junctions 21 & 25,of the M5 typical of our National Motorway system or is this a particularly bad stretch.

Accidents on this stretch of M/way seem to be getting more frequent.
Are the amount of accidents between Junctions 21 & 25,of the M5 typical of our National Motorway system or is this a particularly bad stretch. Accidents on this stretch of M/way seem to be getting more frequent. theyardy
  • Score: 12

9:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

Easy to complain about the delays - but are people fully aware of everything that needs to be done before the road can reopen?

Dealing with the immediate aftermath of the accident, police accident investigations, removing wreckage, clearing the carriageway of debris, clearing the oils spill, making any necessary repairs to the roads.

And that's just what I can think of. There's probably a lot more than that.

Have a thought for those involved, those who have to sort it all out. Not an easy task.
Easy to complain about the delays - but are people fully aware of everything that needs to be done before the road can reopen? Dealing with the immediate aftermath of the accident, police accident investigations, removing wreckage, clearing the carriageway of debris, clearing the oils spill, making any necessary repairs to the roads. And that's just what I can think of. There's probably a lot more than that. Have a thought for those involved, those who have to sort it all out. Not an easy task. QuillPen
  • Score: 4

9:43am Wed 30 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

The Emergency services can only deal with each of these, all too frequent occurrences as they present themselves.
There are obviously differing circumstances, on each occasion, one is mindful that if a death has occurred, or injuries that might be life threatening, then the scene has to be treated as such, a crime scene, hence the delays.
But, with no injuries it is seemingly a long time that the carriage ways are closed, this needs to be addressed. Typically, this morning I have been to Taunton BBC Somerset Sound, to take part in a debate, re the Lack of investment in New Roads, particularly with the Hinkley C Project and the further Gridlock of our roads in and through Bridgwater, in particular.
With EDF Hinkley C Project, being the largest New Infrastructure Project in Europe,
So Why ??? Is not proper Highway Infrastructure being built, traffic going to Hinkley on the A 39 through Bridgwater, up to 800 HGV lorry Movements a day, with 24/7 Coach / Worker Transportation going from the Park & Ride sites @ j23 and J 24 when built.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
The Emergency services can only deal with each of these, all too frequent occurrences as they present themselves. There are obviously differing circumstances, on each occasion, one is mindful that if a death has occurred, or injuries that might be life threatening, then the scene has to be treated as such, a crime scene, hence the delays. But, with no injuries it is seemingly a long time that the carriage ways are closed, this needs to be addressed. Typically, this morning I have been to Taunton BBC Somerset Sound, to take part in a debate, re the Lack of investment in New Roads, particularly with the Hinkley C Project and the further Gridlock of our roads in and through Bridgwater, in particular. With EDF Hinkley C Project, being the largest New Infrastructure Project in Europe, So Why ??? Is not proper Highway Infrastructure being built, traffic going to Hinkley on the A 39 through Bridgwater, up to 800 HGV lorry Movements a day, with 24/7 Coach / Worker Transportation going from the Park & Ride sites @ j23 and J 24 when built. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -9

10:47am Wed 30 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

I don't suppose there's a highway repair team on standby at every junction. Each incident will have to wait until a team is available and able to get there. We have to be realistic.
I don't suppose there's a highway repair team on standby at every junction. Each incident will have to wait until a team is available and able to get there. We have to be realistic. QuillPen
  • Score: 1

12:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

JRocker7 says...

It's ridiculous that almost every M5 crash results in the entire road being closed one direction. I have never seen crashes handled this way in other places I've lived unless it literally covered the entire road and one lane, or the shoulder even, could not be temporarily used. Somerset DOES need more roads. It is the main reason traffic is so horrendous in such a relatively low population density area.
It's ridiculous that almost every M5 crash results in the entire road being closed one direction. I have never seen crashes handled this way in other places I've lived unless it literally covered the entire road and one lane, or the shoulder even, could not be temporarily used. Somerset DOES need more roads. It is the main reason traffic is so horrendous in such a relatively low population density area. JRocker7
  • Score: 2

1:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

souwesterly says...

I do feel that there should be more coordination when there's a big accident on any major road.
Oh I know the various emergency resources do coordinate but I'm thinking about new technology that is available, but which doesn't seem to be used.
I refer in particular to the reported 3D laser camera which is supposed to speed things along. Why aren't they used?
Why too couldn't the police helicopter visit each major accident and take similar photographs from above as well?
Add those technologies to basic on-the-spot police work and they could clear the crash site in a far shorter time.
I do feel that there should be more coordination when there's a big accident on any major road. Oh I know the various emergency resources do coordinate but I'm thinking about new technology that is available, but which doesn't seem to be used. I refer in particular to the reported 3D laser camera which is supposed to speed things along. Why aren't they used? Why too couldn't the police helicopter visit each major accident and take similar photographs from above as well? Add those technologies to basic on-the-spot police work and they could clear the crash site in a far shorter time. souwesterly
  • Score: 7

4:42pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mi_Coc says...

It has nothing do with the fact the exeter section of m5 has some level of roads policing were as for years now the m5 bristol has very occasional roads policing.

The accident rate seems very high on the Somerset section.
It has nothing do with the fact the exeter section of m5 has some level of roads policing were as for years now the m5 bristol has very occasional roads policing. The accident rate seems very high on the Somerset section. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 2

9:28am Thu 31 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
It has nothing do with the fact the exeter section of m5 has some level of roads policing were as for years now the m5 bristol has very occasional roads policing.

The accident rate seems very high on the Somerset section.
I firmly believe that the reason our stretch of Motor-Way has more incidents, is the Fact of tiredness, drivers, trying to drive their entire
Journey's without taking sufficient breaks for Fresh air, stretching of the Legs and bodies, and taking a coffee or tea. Thus a fifteen to twenty minute rest bite, helps the body to revitalise itself, we have all felt driver fatigue, whilst driving.
Having spent many years in excess of 40 years making regular journey's to Luxumberg-Germany, some 4hrs to Dover, then 1 3/4 hrs on the Ferry with another 5-6 hours from Dunkirk, through the Night hrs,. But the difference on the European Motorways, is the Park-Up Layby 's in addition to the Fuel stops, and Cafe's, where you can just pull off stretch your legs and take 10-20 Mins for a Catnap, which, we all know is beneficial, to stop that dosing off feeling, personally I never ever use the Car Cruise Control @ night-time, as if you drop off the vehicle carries on until you hit some thing at whatever speed you have it set at.
Our modern cars, with their in built comfortable, Seatee type seating, snug, music systems, that can put you into a relaxed mode, so easy to nod off.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: It has nothing do with the fact the exeter section of m5 has some level of roads policing were as for years now the m5 bristol has very occasional roads policing. The accident rate seems very high on the Somerset section.[/p][/quote]I firmly believe that the reason our stretch of Motor-Way has more incidents, is the Fact of tiredness, drivers, trying to drive their entire Journey's without taking sufficient breaks for Fresh air, stretching of the Legs and bodies, and taking a coffee or tea. Thus a fifteen to twenty minute rest bite, helps the body to revitalise itself, we have all felt driver fatigue, whilst driving. Having spent many years in excess of 40 years making regular journey's to Luxumberg-Germany, some 4hrs to Dover, then 1 3/4 hrs on the Ferry with another 5-6 hours from Dunkirk, through the Night hrs,. But the difference on the European Motorways, is the Park-Up Layby 's in addition to the Fuel stops, and Cafe's, where you can just pull off stretch your legs and take 10-20 Mins for a Catnap, which, we all know is beneficial, to stop that dosing off feeling, personally I never ever use the Car Cruise Control @ night-time, as if you drop off the vehicle carries on until you hit some thing at whatever speed you have it set at. Our modern cars, with their in built comfortable, Seatee type seating, snug, music systems, that can put you into a relaxed mode, so easy to nod off. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -7

11:39am Thu 31 Jul 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
It has nothing do with the fact the exeter section of m5 has some level of roads policing were as for years now the m5 bristol has very occasional roads policing.

The accident rate seems very high on the Somerset section.
I firmly believe that the reason our stretch of Motor-Way has more incidents, is the Fact of tiredness, drivers, trying to drive their entire
Journey's without taking sufficient breaks for Fresh air, stretching of the Legs and bodies, and taking a coffee or tea. Thus a fifteen to twenty minute rest bite, helps the body to revitalise itself, we have all felt driver fatigue, whilst driving.
Having spent many years in excess of 40 years making regular journey's to Luxumberg-Germany, some 4hrs to Dover, then 1 3/4 hrs on the Ferry with another 5-6 hours from Dunkirk, through the Night hrs,. But the difference on the European Motorways, is the Park-Up Layby 's in addition to the Fuel stops, and Cafe's, where you can just pull off stretch your legs and take 10-20 Mins for a Catnap, which, we all know is beneficial, to stop that dosing off feeling, personally I never ever use the Car Cruise Control @ night-time, as if you drop off the vehicle carries on until you hit some thing at whatever speed you have it set at.
Our modern cars, with their in built comfortable, Seatee type seating, snug, music systems, that can put you into a relaxed mode, so easy to nod off.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
"rest bite" - brilliant. Get off your pedal-stool and don't be such a damp squid...
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: It has nothing do with the fact the exeter section of m5 has some level of roads policing were as for years now the m5 bristol has very occasional roads policing. The accident rate seems very high on the Somerset section.[/p][/quote]I firmly believe that the reason our stretch of Motor-Way has more incidents, is the Fact of tiredness, drivers, trying to drive their entire Journey's without taking sufficient breaks for Fresh air, stretching of the Legs and bodies, and taking a coffee or tea. Thus a fifteen to twenty minute rest bite, helps the body to revitalise itself, we have all felt driver fatigue, whilst driving. Having spent many years in excess of 40 years making regular journey's to Luxumberg-Germany, some 4hrs to Dover, then 1 3/4 hrs on the Ferry with another 5-6 hours from Dunkirk, through the Night hrs,. But the difference on the European Motorways, is the Park-Up Layby 's in addition to the Fuel stops, and Cafe's, where you can just pull off stretch your legs and take 10-20 Mins for a Catnap, which, we all know is beneficial, to stop that dosing off feeling, personally I never ever use the Car Cruise Control @ night-time, as if you drop off the vehicle carries on until you hit some thing at whatever speed you have it set at. Our modern cars, with their in built comfortable, Seatee type seating, snug, music systems, that can put you into a relaxed mode, so easy to nod off. David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]"rest bite" - brilliant. Get off your pedal-stool and don't be such a damp squid... GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 9

11:54am Thu 31 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

Surplus apostrophes dropping like hailstones in a storm. Finger jammed on caps lock.
Surplus apostrophes dropping like hailstones in a storm. Finger jammed on caps lock. QuillPen
  • Score: 5

9:02am Fri 1 Aug 14

Blue Owl says...

QuillPen wrote:
Surplus apostrophes dropping like hailstones in a storm. Finger jammed on caps lock.
And your relevant point being !!! Nothing, join your fellow critics, Freddie and Bald Carl. Great Odinsraven, another who is going for " Poet Lariat" or GCSE English. You are all so hooked up over italics and Punctuation, etc. I attended Westover Sec Modern, left @ 15, therefore have managed all my life with basic life skills. If further education gives you all the ability to take a higher stance " So Mote It Be!!!! I hope it makes you feel Superior. What ever floats your boat.
The more it annoys, the more I shall place !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be Cos I Can .
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]QuillPen[/bold] wrote: Surplus apostrophes dropping like hailstones in a storm. Finger jammed on caps lock.[/p][/quote]And your relevant point being !!! Nothing, join your fellow critics, Freddie and Bald Carl. Great Odinsraven, another who is going for " Poet Lariat" or GCSE English. You are all so hooked up over italics and Punctuation, etc. I attended Westover Sec Modern, left @ 15, therefore have managed all my life with basic life skills. If further education gives you all the ability to take a higher stance " So Mote It Be!!!! I hope it makes you feel Superior. What ever floats your boat. The more it annoys, the more I shall place !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be Cos I Can . David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -8

7:50pm Fri 1 Aug 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Blue Owl wrote:
QuillPen wrote:
Surplus apostrophes dropping like hailstones in a storm. Finger jammed on caps lock.
And your relevant point being !!! Nothing, join your fellow critics, Freddie and Bald Carl. Great Odinsraven, another who is going for " Poet Lariat" or GCSE English. You are all so hooked up over italics and Punctuation, etc. I attended Westover Sec Modern, left @ 15, therefore have managed all my life with basic life skills. If further education gives you all the ability to take a higher stance " So Mote It Be!!!! I hope it makes you feel Superior. What ever floats your boat.
The more it annoys, the more I shall place !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be Cos I Can .
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Nobody cares what school you went to, nor about your journeys to Germany and Luxembourg, nor any of the other irrelevant gibberish that falls from your fingertips. The simple fact is this; if you're communicating in writing then at least try to type in a way that makes sense. As for "the more it annoys..." then carry on, it's not making anyone else look stupid. It just means whatever point you're trying to make gets lost entirely and people laugh at you.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]QuillPen[/bold] wrote: Surplus apostrophes dropping like hailstones in a storm. Finger jammed on caps lock.[/p][/quote]And your relevant point being !!! Nothing, join your fellow critics, Freddie and Bald Carl. Great Odinsraven, another who is going for " Poet Lariat" or GCSE English. You are all so hooked up over italics and Punctuation, etc. I attended Westover Sec Modern, left @ 15, therefore have managed all my life with basic life skills. If further education gives you all the ability to take a higher stance " So Mote It Be!!!! I hope it makes you feel Superior. What ever floats your boat. The more it annoys, the more I shall place !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be Cos I Can . David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Nobody cares what school you went to, nor about your journeys to Germany and Luxembourg, nor any of the other irrelevant gibberish that falls from your fingertips. The simple fact is this; if you're communicating in writing then at least try to type in a way that makes sense. As for "the more it annoys..." then carry on, it's not making anyone else look stupid. It just means whatever point you're trying to make gets lost entirely and people laugh at you. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 5

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