Lucky escape after lorry loses roof in M5 gales

PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 January 2012

The roof blew off in the high winds. Photo by Burnham-On-Sea.com

The roof blew off in the high winds. Photo by Burnham-On-Sea.com

Archant

HIGH winds and heavy rain battered the South West yesterday (Tues) and there was a lucky escape for motorists after a roof was ripped off a lorry travelling on the M5.

The Met Office issued a flood risk warning but it was the gales that caused the most problems as they battered Weston’s seafront and the surrounding region.

The high winds created huge waves that crashed into the sea defences at Anchor Head and Knighstone.

But the most serious incident happened on the northbound M5 carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 23 at Highbridge, when the roof of a Co-Op lorry flew off and dragged along the adjoining lane.

The road was partially closed while the debris was cleared and nobody was injured.

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