M5 traffic latest: M5 closed near Exeter after serious crash, air ambulance scrambled

Motorists can expect up to 60 munute delays on the M5 today, with traffic piling up 5 miles back to Oxencombe.

Highways England said on Twitter: There are 60 minute delays (above usual journey times) on the approach to this M5 incident on the A38 eastbound spanning 5 miles back to Oxencombe.”

The entry slip and lane thee have now been reopened, following a two-hour long closure northbound just after junction 30 until junction 31 after the crash at about 7.45am today.

The air ambulance was called to the scene after a passenger was trapped inside a vehicle.

The man suffered serious hip and arm injuries and was transported to Derriford Hospital.

Congestion is backing up for more than two miles up to the A38 as cars are diverted, with long delays expected throughout the day.

A police spokesman said: “Emergency services are currently at the scene of a collision on the M5.

“Police we called at around 7:40am with reports of a collision between a flat-bed truck and a van on the M5 just prior to Junction 30, northbound.

“There is currently a closure at Junction 31, northbound. Two lanes are closed and this will become a full closure shortly to allow the air ambulance to attend.

“The situation relating to injuries is currently unclear, but we expect this matter to cause significant disruption to the road network. We urge road users to drive with caution and to seek alternative routes for the foreseeable future.”

The entry slip road and lane three have reopened.

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