Major delays as M5 closed due to lorry crash

There are major delays for motorists heading south on the M5 on Sunday due to a lorry crash.

The southbound M5 is closed in Somerset at junction 19 near Bristol and is likely to remain closed into the evening.

It follows an earlier collision involving an HGV that happened around 5.15am and resulted in a large diesel spill damaging all three lanes.

The southbound carriageway needs to be resurfaced before it can be safely reopened to traffic, which is likely to be later this evening (Sunday, September 20).

(Image: Highways England)

By noon queues were reported stretching back to Bristol.

Highways England Regional Operations Manager, Izzy Evans, said: “We would like to thank drivers for their patience.

“We have been working hard to reopen the southbound M5 near Bristol and have already recovered the HGV. Safety is our top priority and due to the extent of the damage caused by the diesel spill, we need to resurface all three lanes before we can safely reopen the southbound M5, which will take some time.

“It is unlikely it will reopen before the evening and I urge anyone wishing to use the southbound M5 near Bristol to allow extra time or find alternative routes.”

Southbound traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads at junction 19. The northbound carriageway remains open.

Further information and updates can be found by visiting http://www.trafficengland.com/ or by following Highways England’s regional Twitter feed at @HighwaysSWEST.

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