Serious crashes force M5 closures in Devon and Somerset

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Image caption A man was hit by "multiple vehicles" on the M5 in Devon

A man died and a motorcyclist was seriously injured in two separate crashes that forced the closure of the M5 in Devon and Somerset.

Police said "multiple vehicles" struck the body of a man on the southbound carriageway between Cullompton and Exeter at 06:40 GMT.

A motorcyclist suffered "serious multiple injuries" when he came off his bike south of Taunton at about 06:00.

A driver also died in a head-on crash with a lorry on the A30 near Honiton.

Devon & Cornwall Police said emergency services closed a stretch of the southbound carriageway between junctions 28 at Cullompton and 29 for Exeter.

"Police were called at around 06:40 with reports of multiple vehicles having collided with the body of a man who is believed to have been on the road," the force said.

The dead man has not yet been identified, the force added. The southbound carriageway was reopened at about 16:00 GMT.

Image caption The first crash happened south of Taunton

Meanwhile, a statement from Avon & Somerset Police said: "A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after coming off his bike.

"He has been taken to Musgrove Park Hospital with serious multiple injuries."

The motorway was closed southbound between junctions 25 and 26, trapping drivers for four hours, before reopening at 10:30 GMT.

The A30/A303 - which runs parallel to the M5 - was also closed in both directions at Upottery after a driver died in a head-on crash with a lorry.

Police are trying to trace the driver of a second tanker-type lorry which they believe was being overtaken by a BMW car in the moments before the crash on the A30 at 06:50.

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