Police say a woman car driver remains in a “critical condition” in hospital with “life-threatening head injuries” following a crash that closed the southbound carriageway of the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater for over nine hours on Saturday (November 16th).

Emergency services were called to the scene between junctions 22 for Burnham and 23 for Bridgwater North shortly before 6am after a lorry and car collided. The M5 southbound was shut until 3.15pm.

Police say a female motorist suffered “serious head injuries” after the car she was driving collided with a lorry and was left wedged underneath.

A Police spokesman added: “We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we carried out an investigation at the scene.”

“A woman car driver who suffered life threatening head injuries remains in hospital in a critical condition.”

“Enquiries into the incident are continuing. We’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident who may have dashcam footage to help our collision investigators.”

“If you are able to help, please contact us, quoting reference 5219265362.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call from a member of the public shortly before 6am reporting a road traffic collision.”

“Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and a heavy rescue vehicle from Taunton were immediately mobilised by Fire Control.”

“On arrival the Incident Commander confirmed that a car had run in to the back of a lorry and become stuck under the rear of the lorry with one female casualty still inside the car.”

”Crews quickly got to work to stabilise the vehicle and then set about extricating the casualty from the car using Hydraulic Rescue Equipment.”

“The female was taken by ambulance to hospital and the driver of the lorry was treated for shock.”