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Update: M5 crash near Tiverton leaves child with serious head injuries

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

  • The air ambulance lands on the carriageway

  • Tailbacks on the M5

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A CHILD has been rushed to hospital after a car collided with a tanker on the M5 motorway this afternoon.

Police say the child was rushed to Frenchay Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the crash at junction 27, near Tiverton, at around 12.45pm.

A Peugeot 206, containing an adult female and three children, was travelling south on the slip road when the collision occurred, causing it to overturn into a ditch.

The adult and three children were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Police closed the motorway in both directions to allow the air ambulance to land on the north-bound carriageway.

Fire crews from Tiverton, Cullompton and Exeter were also called to the scene.

A fire service spokesman said: “Fire crews confirmed one car in collision with the back of a heavy goods tanker vehicle and the car had left the highway and was on its roof in a ditch.

“All persons were free and clear of the vehicle upon our arrival.”

Both carriageways were re-opened just before 2pm and lane one of the southbound carriageway remained closed to allow the Peugeot to be recovered and for police to carry out an investigation.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident and ask that they call 101 quoting reference 0466 271213.

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