A series of accidents have afflicted the region’s highways, causing substantial delays on both the M4 and M5. Let’s see more about what happened in Somerset, and when will the M5 be reopened in detail.
What happened in Somerset?
M5 Southbound roadways are blocked after an accident. A pedestrian was engaged in a “severe collision” with two vehicles on the M5 in Somerset this morning causing severe road blockage.
The highway between Taunton and Wellington is still closed in both directions. Around 8 am, there was a reported collision, causing delays in both lines of traffic. The road is currently closed, and the A38 is being used as a detour.
Near Wellington, there is a lot of traffic on the northbound lane as of 8.50 am. Taunton is approaching with significant delays on the opposite side.
— National Highways: South-West (@HighwaysSWEST) December 28, 2022
Avon and Somerset Police said: “We were called at around 8 am today (Wednesday 28 December) following a serious collision involving a pedestrian and two vehicles.”
“The M5 has been closed in both directions from junction 25 (Taunton) to junction 26 (Wellington) while emergency services attend the scene.”
“M5 – SOMERSET – SOUTHBOUND,” says traffic monitor Inrix. The accident between J22 (Burnham-on-Sea) and J23 (A39) on the M5 Southbound is causing stop-start traffic and a partial blockage.
When will the M5 be reopened?
For police investigation and cleanup efforts, the carriageway is anticipated to be blocked for several hours.
Diverted Path: Follow the Solid Square diversion symbol on road signage if you’re driving southbound.
To rejoin the M5 at J29, traffic is being detoured via the A38, A378, A303, and A30. If this closure affects your intended route, please allow extra travel time. Plan, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey.
Visit www.trafficengland.com, one of National Highways’ travel websites and apps, or check out National Highways regional Twitter feed for further details. Additionally, our contact center staff is available around the clock at 0300 123 5000 to provide the most recent information.
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