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M5 in Somerset and Devon closed after towed boat overturns

Boat on M5
Image caption The overturned boat caused five-mile tailbacks

The M5 southbound between Somerset and Devon was shut for several hours after a vehicle towing a boat overturned.

All three lanes were closed after the incident at about 05:40 BST between junction 26 for Wellington, Somerset, and junction 27 for Tiverton in Devon.

Fuel was spilt on the road during the incident and police have been turning motorists away from the area after five-mile tailbacks formed.

The road was completely reopened by 10:15 BST.

Road 'softened'

Avon and Somerset Police said a Land Rover left the road during the incident but that there were no reports of any major injuries.

They said the Highways Agency took control of the incident after that.

Two lanes initially were opened by 09:00 BST to let traffic trapped in the tailbacks move.

But vehicles on the motorway travelling towards the scene were still diverted off the motorway on to the A38 at Junction 26 for some time, BBC Somerset reported.

A crane was brought to the scene to assist in the recovery operation.

The Highways Agency said complications it had to deal with before the route was fully reopened included the spilt fuel softening parts of the road surface.

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