thank motorists after overturned lorry causes huge M5 delays
travelling northbound from Burnham-On-Sea encountered long delays
today (Wednesday) after a lorry overturned on the M5, closing
the motorway for several hours.
accident happened at around 7am between the Portishead and Clevedon
junctions, but police said queues quickly formed back to Burnham's
junction 22 which was shut to prevent traffic getting stuck.
local roads such as the A38 through Burnham and Highbridge and
alternative routes also came to a halt with the extra traffic.
services were on the scene, as pictured, helping the lorry driver
who was taken to Frenchay Hospital with head injuries.
Debris and fuel was spilt over the northbound carriageway, causing
a lengthy clean-up operation.
Inspector Rhys Hughes from Avon and Somerset Police said: "We
would like to apologise for the inconvenience and thank motorists
for their patience. Closing
a motorway is never a decision we take lightly and we fully recognise
the impact this has on motorists as well as the communities affected
on this occasion we had no other option and we are grateful for
the understanding and patience shown by drivers and their passengers
The scenes on the M5 captured on a roadside camera