M5 traffic latest after road closure following lorry crash

The M5 lanes affected by a lorry crash yesterday have been reopened this morning.

Part of the M5 was closed last night after a lorry crossed the central reservation and overturned yesterday morning (March 14).

The stretch of the M5 affected was the northbound carriageway between Wellington and Taunton, between junctions 26 and 25.

Highways England workers were on the scene overnight fixing the central barrier, which was “substantially” damaged.

Barrier specialists were called in and worked through the night to fix the damage.

The highways authority confirmed all lanes of the motorway had been reopened at 5am.

The lorry crossed the central reservation from the southbound carriageway and overturned on the northbound M5, bringing traffic to a halt at around 7.15am.

The driver was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police confirmed.

Highways England confirmed it was a serious incident, causing substantial barrier damage as well as a diesel spillage.

A Highways England spokesperson said the recovery and clean up were “likely to be protracted” due to the “complex nature of the job”.

Aerial photos taken at the scene confirmed the damage done to the central reservation and the motorway surface.

The police worked with the highway authority through the afternoon to turn back trapped traffic.

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