Police have appealed for dashcam footage from motorists after a woman was left with ‘serious head injuries’ following a crash that closed the southbound carriageway of the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater 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.
Queues of over three miles built up as traffic was diverted route along the A38 through Highbridge while the recovery work took place through the day.
Avon and Somerset Police said: “We were called to reports of a two vehicle road traffic collision on the M5 between junctions 22 and 23 southbound shortly before 6am.”
“The incident involved a lorry and a car. The occupant of the car – a woman – was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.”
“The motorway was closed from J22 (southbound) and remained closed throughout the morning to allow collision investigators to carry out an examination of the scene.”
“The northbound carriageway of the motorway remained open. We would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while we dealt with the incident.”
Police have appeared for any motorists with dashcam footage of the incident to come forward by calling 101.
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.”