Published: March 19, 2009
Lucky escape for driver as lorry careers off M5 at Burnham-On-Sea

Traffic on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea was reduced to a crawl on Thursday morning (March 19th) after this lorry careered off the southbound carriageway into a ditch.

The juggernaut ploughed through a metal barrier on the hard shoulder near junction 22 at Burnham, went down an embankment, and ended up in a ditch.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene, soon after 7am, and were relieved to find the driver had escaped serious injuries.

Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe told "Police were called to a lorry that had left the motorway between junctions 22 and 23. An ambulance was called and the driver was found to have suffered just minor injuries, mainly shock."

There were foggy weather conditions at the time of the crash. The lorry is owned by an Exeter haulage firm.

The lorry lost its load of building materials during the crash

There was thick fog at the scene at the time of the crash

Emergency services were at the scene throughout Thursday morning


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