killed in serious crash that shut M5 for six hours at Burnham
M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was closed for over six hours on
Thursday (October 24th) following two accidents between junction
22 at Burnham and junction 23 at Bridgwater which left one person
car overturned on the southbound carriageway at 5.15am, followed
a short time later by a second fatal collision involving three
vehicles at 6am, as pictured here.
confirmed a man had died in the accident, which involved a heavy
goods vehicle and a commercial van.
carriageways of the motorway were shut while emergency crews dealt
with the incident.
northbound carriageway re-opened at 10.30am and the southbound
was re-opened at 1pm.
were long delays through Highbridge and East Huntspill as motorists
sought alternative routes around the accident.
Chris Weigold said: "This was a significant incident for
us and we were left with no option but to close the motorway.
I know this caused considerable disruption to motorists today
as people try and get to work, meetings and to catch flights."
and Somerset Police said the man's family had been told and were
being supported by a family liaison officer.
who witnessed either of the collisions should contact the police's
collision investigation unit on 101.
services at the scene of the fatal crash on the M5
lorry went into the central reservation and a van crashed into
deserted scenes on the M5 at Burnham at rush-hour