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M5 suffered worst traffic jam of the year

PUBLISHED: 17:14 18 October 2017

The M5 was at a standstill for hours in August. Picture: Paul Calcutt

The M5 was at a standstill for hours in August. Picture: Paul Calcutt

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A crash on the M5 in North Somerset, which led to some motorists being stuck in traffic for 15 hours, was the worst tailback of the past year so far anywhere in the UK.

Two lorries collided near junction 21 (Weston-super-Mare) on August 4 and the subsequent fuel spill meant the motorway had to be partially closed for several hours while the northbound carriageway was resurfaced.

The accident – which did not result in any injuries – led to queues stretching back miles and caused delays on the A370, in Worle and Weston town centre.

Inrix, who commissioned the study and released its report today (Wednesday), said such was the level of congestion that drivers 36 miles away were also affected.

The second worst incident in the UK was on the M6 near Warrington where a broken down lorry led to motorists suffering an eight-hour delay.

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