A new appeal for witnesses has been made by Police today (Tuesday) after a woman car driver died 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 and 23 when a lorry and car collided. The M5 southbound was shut from 6am until 3.15pm.

Police initially said the female motorist suffered “serious head injuries” after the car she was driving crashed into a lorry and was left wedged underneath – but she has since sadly died.

A Police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The collision happened at about 6am on the M5 southbound between junctions 22-23. A car was in collision with a lorry.”

“The driver of the car received serious head injuries and was taken to hospital but sadly died over the weekend.”

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was on the M5 on Saturday morning who may have seen the incident or has dash cam footage of the collision or shortly before it happened.”

“If you’re able to help, please call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5219265362.”

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “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.”


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