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Why is the M5 closed today? Latest traffic news as motorway closes at junction 26 after accident in Somerset

A stretch of the M5 has been closed in both directions due to a serious crash near the Devon and Somerset border.

Both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the motorway have been closed between junction 29 for Exeter and junction 26 for Wellington.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the crash happened at 5.33am, and that the road would remain closed through the morning. The crash involved two vehicles, and one person has been injured.

A police spokesperson said: “One person is reported to have sustained injuries and the road remains closed whilst emergency services remain at the scene.

“There is currently a complete closure on the M5 from junction 29 northbound and junction 26 southbound.

“Highways are assisting with putting diversions in place and traffic within the closure will be aided to move when possible.”

National Highways said there are long delays of at least 45 minutes on the southbound approach between junction 25 and junction 26, with several miles of congestion stretching back to Taunton Deane Services.

There are 30-minute delays on the northbound approach between junction 28 and junction 27.

What is the advice for motorists?

Drivers are advised to use the following diversions during the closure:


  • Leave the M5 at junction 27 and take the third exit onto the A38, towards Wellington
  • Remain on the A38 for approximately nine miles to the Chelston Roundabout, with the B3187
  • At the Chelston Roundabout take the 4th exit, towards the M5
  • Rejoin the M5 northbound at junction 26


  • Leave the M5 at junction 26 and take the third exit onto the A38, towards Taunton
  • At the next roundabout (Chelston Roundabout) take the first exit onto the A38 south, towards Exeter
  • Remain on the A38 for approximately nine miles to M5 junction 27
  • Rejoin the M5 southbound at junction 27

National Highways is advising drivers to plan ahead, follow the signposted diversions and allow extra time for their journeys.

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