A WOMAN has been airlifted to hospital and traffic on the M5 is queueing back to Somerset after a crash closed the motorway near Exeter.

Commuters are being diverted due to crash investigation work between junction 28 (Cullompton) and junction 29 (Exeter/Honiton).

Congestion is stretching back into Somerset, towards junction 25 for Taunton, with traffic exiting causing delays on the slip road and back onto the motorway.

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The motorway was closed at around 6.30am following a serious crash involving a lorry and a car.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said a woman was airlifted to Derriford Hospital and three people have been taken to The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by land ambulance. 

A diversion is in place, via the B3181 through Cullompton and Broadclyst.

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said three rapid response vehicles, two ambulances and an air ambulance were sent to the incident.