Somerset

Top of lorry blown off on M5 in Somerset

M5 lorry top blown off on 3 Jan 2012 M5
Image caption Debris from the lorry caused delays to motorists on the M5 near Bridgwater

Stormy weather has caused the top of a lorry to be blown off on the M5 in Somerset.

Debris from the lorry fell onto the carriageway between junctions 23 and 22 at Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea causing a two-hour delay earlier.

A car also hit the central reservation on the southbound carriageway between junctions 24 and 23. No-one was seriously injured in either accident.

Earlier strong gusts of wind caused trees to be blown onto roads.

Environment Agency flood alerts have been issued for parts of Exmoor, Frome and the River Tone and River Axe.

Avon and Somerset Police received 24 weather-related incidents between midnight and 10:45 GMT, with 19 of them relating to trees that had been blown over onto roads in the force area.

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