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Incident - Multiple vehicle road traffic collision on M5

Date: 04/11/2011
Time: 20:24
Location: Near junction 25
Area: Somerset
County: Somerset

The Service was called to a major road traffic collision on the M5 near junction 25 northbound just before 20.25 hours.

Multiple vehicles, including cars, vans and heavy goods vehicles were involved. Four vehicles were reported to be on fire, including two lorries. At least 11 casualties were reported including four people who were trapped and had to be released by firefighters using hydraulic rescue equipment.

Police, fire and ambulance are in attendance and there are reports of multiple serious injuries and possible fatalities.

Ten fire appliances and special appliances are at the scene from Taunton, Glastonbury, Bridgwater, Wiveliscombe, Wellington, Burnham on Sea, and Yeovil.

Motorists in the Bridgwater and surrounding area are urged to avoid the M5. The motorway has now been closed in both directions from junctions 23 to 26. It is likely to remain closed for a number of hours. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call the Avon & Somerset Police collision investigation unit on 101.


There were 20 light vehicles and six articulated lorries involved in the incident. There are reports of up to 30 casualties, including several people seriously injured.

There are now 15 fire appliances at the scene, with additional appliances from Chard, Street, Cullompton and Tiverton. Fifteen sets of breathing apparatus, 10 hose reel jets, four main jets and cutting equipment are in use.


The public are advised that the M5 between junction 23 and 26 both ways is likely to remain closed for the next 24 hours. There are large tailbacks at present and we would urge all to avoid the area for the next 24 hours at least.

There are reports of between 25 and 30 injuries, 10 are believed to be life changing and it is believed that people have lost their lives.

A dedicated number for those concerned about relatives and friends will be available within the next hour.


Crews continuing to dampen down burning vehicles.

05/11/11, 7:29

Crews rescued six casualties trapped in vehicles. They used eight sets of breathing apparatus, eight hose reel jets, four main jets and CAFS jets and numerous sets of cutting equipment during the incident.


Crews are working with police using heavy lifting equipment to recover vehicles.

A total of 34 vehicles were involved in the collision, 51 people were injured and seven people tragically lost their lives.


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