Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

BREAKING NEWS: Fatal car crash

20:17 04 July 2009

A FATAL road traffic collision is causing major tailbacks on the M5.

A FATAL road traffic accident is causing major tailbacks on the M5.

The crash took place southbound between Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare about 4.30pm today (Sat).

A car was reported to have lost control and left the carriageway, bursting into flames.

One person was trapped in the vehicle and declared dead at the scene, while another was freed and airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Police are warning drivers to steer clear of that stretch of motorway until at least 7.35pm.

The southbound carriageway was closed following the crash, as well as two lanes on the northbound side to allow the air ambulance to land.

The collision investigation unit is carrying out a detailed analysis of the crash scene, but officers hope to reopen the southbound carriageway by 7.35pm.

The northbound side has already opened, but drivers are being warned of huge tailbacks on both sides of the motorway.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police on 08454 567000.

0 comments

Other News Stories

31 minutes ago
Mr.J.R. Freer-Hewish, president, with trophy winners at the Weston-super-Mare Sea Angling Association annual dinner held at the Victoria Hotel.

It was hair fashion week in Weston in 1966, where the ‘whirligig’ was due to be all the rage.

Read more
Midsection Of Businessman's Hands Cuffed Behind Back

Avon and Somerset Constabulary says rising crime rates reflect the public’s newfound willingness to report crimes such as violence and sexual offences, in the wake of new figures.

Read more
57 minutes ago
GWR has apologised for problems experienced last night.

Great Western Railway (GWR) has apologised for disruption to the train network between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol last night (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00
Doctor

Junior doctors are due to go on strike on Wednesday in the second day of industrial action this year.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00
TV Licensing

A big screen showing live sport has become a mainstay of British pubs, but Weston-super-Mare’s bars have this week been reminded of their legal obligation to pay a TV licence, ahead of a crackdown planned for the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:10

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences after police searched a house in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:29
There are severe delays to services to and from Weston Railway Station.

People in Weston-super-Mare are being urged not to travel by train this afternoon (Monday) as Storm Imogen continues to batter the region.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Euro 2016 song

Five amateur footballers who have never sung before may not seem like a likely group to form a new boy band, but that is exactly what these men did.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:26
Rough seas in Weston-super-Mare.

Winds reached 80mph in Weston-super-Mare last night (Sunday), a windometer on the Tropicana has shown.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Vice Principal Jacqui Scott with Priory pupils. Photo by Jeremy Long.

A night school which has started up at Priory Community School in Worle aims to see every pupil complete 10,000 hours of English and maths lessons.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 6°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications