Emergency services have finished their work at the scene of this morning’s fatal collision in Somerset and the M5 has now fully reopened.
The motorway was closed in both directions between Junction 24 Huntworth and Junction 25 Taunton following the collision between a HGV and six cars at around 08:30.
The female driver of one vehicle and a male passenger of another died in the incident.
Two women in the same vehicles remain in a critical condition in hospital while two other people also continue to receive treatment for non-life-threatening or life-changing injuries.
Specially trained family liaison officers will now support those affected.
Inspector Frazer Davey said:
“This was a horrific incident which has tragically claimed the lives of two people and injured several more. Our thoughts are very much with their families and friends during what is an extremely difficult time.
I’d like to thank the emergency services personnel who have been working hard at a complex scene to ensure a thorough investigation was carried out and the road was cleared as quickly as possible.
While I appreciate how disruptive the road closure was, I’m sure people will understand our need to establish exactly how this happened.
I’d also like to thank people for their patience, particularly those stuck in the resulting traffic, while the emergency teams worked at the scene and the vehicles were recovered.”
The M5 in Somerset is expected to remain closed during the evening rush hour following a seven-vehicle collision in which two people died.
The collision happened just after 08:30 on Thursday 13 September.
A HGV and six cars were involved in the incident on the Southbound M5 near to Junction 24, Huntworth.
The female driver of one car and the male passenger of another car were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two women from the same two vehicles were taken to Southmead Hospital with serious injuries.
Specially trained family liaison officers will support the families.
Two other people went to Musgrove Park Hospital for treatment to injuries not believed life-threatening or life-changing and one person was treated at the scene and released.
The motorway was closed in both directions between Junction 24, Huntworth, and Junction 25, Taunton, while a well-rehearsed multi-agency operation was underway.
The Northbound carriageway reopened at about midday.
The Southbound carriageway remains closed while emergency services carry out a detailed examination of the scene and recover the vehicles.
Inspector Frazer Davey said:
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have lost their lives or been injured on the M5 today.
While I appreciate how disruptive the road closure is I’m sure people will understand our need to carry out a thorough investigation to establish exactly how this happened.
I’d like to thank people for their patience while the emergency teams are working at the scene and as the vehicles are being recovered.”
Northbound has reopened however Southbound will remain closed for a few more hours, likely over rush hour. Traffic trapped within the closure is still being released at the rear of the queue.
A multi-agency operation is underway on the M5 in Somerset following a fatal collision.
Avon and Somerset Police said:
“We were called just after 08:30 on Thursday 13 September to a collision involving a HGV and several cars on the Southbound carriageway near Junction 24, Huntworth.
Sadly two people were pronounced dead at the scene. Four other people have been taken to hospital, at least two of whom have serious injuries.”
The road is closed in both directions between Junction 24 Southbound and Junction 25 Northbound, Taunton.
Avon and Somerset Police added:
“All the agencies are working as quickly as possible to reopen the Northbound carriageway but the Southbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future while emergency services complete their work at the scene.
We’re deploying well-rehearsed plans to release motorists currently held in the road closure. It’s important for motorists to remain in their vehicles to avoid further unnecessary delay.”