M5 reopens fully nearly 24 hours after lorry crash

The M5 Northbound has been fully reopened after yesterday’s crash.

Part of the M5 was closed at 7.45am on Saturday, after a lorry crashed through the central reservation on the motorway in Somerset and landed on its side in the opposite carriageway.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the driver of the lorry had been taken to hospital with non life-threatening and non life-changing injuries, while the motorway was closed fully on the northbound side between Wellington and Taunton, with one lane closed on the southbound side throughout the day

Photos from the site revealed the extent of the damage to the lorry, while video footage from the scene showed the aftermath of the crash and long queues of traffic on the M5.

Highways England have confirmed the road was fully reopened just before 5am on Sunday.

A spokesman for Highways England said: “The Northbound Carriageway at Junction 26 has now fully re-opened.

“Lane 3 closures will remain in place overnight in both directions (26-25) to assist with the overnight barrier repair, thank you for your patience.”

In the latest update, they added: “The overnight barrier repairs are now complete and all lane closures have been removed. Thank you for your patience.”

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