July 15, 2011
hurt as M5 crash causes gridlock across Burnham-On-Sea area
people were taken to hospital following an accident which led
to the closure of the northbound carriageway of the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (July 15th).
The collision - involving seven vehicles - occurred shortly after
1pm between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 23 at Bridgwater.
services at the scene decided to close the motorway so they could
help people trapped inside the vehicles, causing
huge tailbacks for motorists of over 10 miles.
Ambulance spokesman Dave Rogers told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Five
patients were conveyed to Weston General Hospital, one of whom
was a child, with suspected back and neck injuries."
Fire crews had to cut the roof from one of the vehicles to allow
the casualty to be released using a long board.
The accident led to long traffic queues building up along alternative
routes, including the A38 through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.
A police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The decision
to close motorways is never taken lightly. Police officers are
aware of the impact this has on motorists."
Pictured: Motorists faced queues on the A38 and M5 today after
the seven vehicle accident