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UPDATE: M5 reopens following serious crash between camper van and car

By mike_byrne  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

M5 southbound closed near Exeter after five car crash

M5 southbound closed near Exeter after five car crash

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Update:

The M5 reopened early this morning after collisions on both carriageways.

The motorway was closed until about 01:00am between junctions 28 and 29, causing chaos on Devon roads.

Many experienced traffic on their journey home last night with some taking over an hour to get from Countess Wear to Middlemore.

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UPDATE: The M5 is closed and there is queueing traffic northbound between J29, A30 (Exeter) and J28, A373 (Cullompton Services), because of two accidents. Congestion to J30, A376 (Exeter).

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UPDATE: There are reports of another collision on the M5 northbound between J28 and J29. Police advise avoiding the M5 in the area for the time being.

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UPDATE: At 1.35pm today emergency services were called the scene of a two vehicle road traffic collision.

Two people were injured as a result of a camper van and a saloon car colliding head on. One of the casualties was freed by the fire service and was then flown to hospital by the air ambulance.

Traffic around the area is very congested with only one lane Northbound being open. The onslip at junction 29 Northbound is closed to traffic.

The casualty is in a serious condition and although police have opened up some of the lanes, the rest may remain closed for a while.

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UPDATE: There is a diversion in operation - advice is to leave the M5 at J28 and follow the triangle symbol via the B3181 to rejoin the M5 at J29.

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A section of the M5 in Devon has been completely closed following a serious collision between a camper van and a car.

Both the southbound and northbound carriageways of the M5 have been shut near Cullompton after the red Volkswagen Camper van, which is registered to an address in London, and silver Vauxhall Tigra, registered to Exeter, collided at around 1.35pm.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the camper van was travelling northbound when it veered into the central reservation and across onto the southbound carriageway before colliding with the Tigra.

Both drivers of the vehicles have sustained serious injuries and are trapped in the vehicles.

Fire crews are at the scene and are currently trying to free the casualties. The Devon Air Ambulance has landed on the motorway and will take the injured to hospital shortly.

Police said several motorists had stopped at the scene to help after witnessing the collision.

One driver caught in the tailbacks said: "It is awful here.

There are several ambulances on the scene so I think people must be hurt. I counted at least seven police cars.

It is a major incident and I would think we are in for a long wait here. Police are walking between the jammed cars now talking to drivers."

The road is currently closed between Junction 28 (Cullompton Services) and Junction 29 (A30 Exeter).

Police said the motorway is likely to remain closed until at least 2.45pm.

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