M5 crash: ‘apocalyptic scenes’ after car crashes and air ambulance landing

Motorists are stuck in ‘doomsday scenes’ after a crash closed the M5 in both directions. The road is currently closed in both directions and there are miles of north and southbound traffic near Willand.

Police confirmed to DevonLive that the highway was closed to allow the air ambulance to land following a single vehicle accident. South West National Motorways says the M5 is completely closed southbound between Junctions 27 and 28, and northbound traffic is temporarily suspended.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: ‘The northbound carriageway is reopening and the southbound carriageway will be closed while we carry out investigations.’ The force’s incident manager added that there was no further information on the type of vehicle, the number of people involved or the severity of the injuries.

Read more: M5 closed after crash blocks roadway – updates

Dr Toby Driver got stuck in traffic and wrote on social media: ‘Stuck near major crash on M5 southbound. Apocalyptic scenes with both roadways closed and all vehicles parked.

“Thoughts with those concerned.”

Travel information service Inrix says: “M5 southbound closed, traffic queuing due to serious accident, two cars involved from J27 A361 (Tiverton) to J28 A373 Honiton Road (Cullompton / service area).

“The road was closed following an accident where one of the cars left the roadway. The air ambulance left the scene.”

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