Lorry crash closes lane on M5 southbound in Somerset

The scene of the accident showing two lorries, one of which has flipped onto its side blocking all three lanes and the hard shoulder
Image caption One of the lorry drivers is being treated at Musgrove Park Hospital for "serious arm injuries"

One lane of the M5 will remain closed overnight after two lorries crashed, leaving one of the vehicles overturned and blocking the carriageway.

The crash happened on the motorway between Bridgwater and Taunton at just after 03:00 BST.

Fire crews said a broken down lorry on the hard shoulder had been struck by another lorry, which then overturned.

One of the drivers, a man in his 50s, is being treated for "serious arm injuries", police said.

At 13:25 one lane reopened southbound but the Highways Agency said there were reports of continuing traffic delays while works takes place to reopen lane two.

"A fully signed diversion is in place along the A38 from Junction 24," a spokesman said.

Image caption The overturned lorry blocked all three lanes of the southbound carriageway

"Drivers are advised to make sure they have sufficient water in their cars and are reminded not to park on the hard shoulder so emergency vehicles can maintain access to the site," he said.

Ch Insp Rhys Hughes said motorists were advised to seek alternative routes and avoid the area wherever possible.

He said: "I appreciate the closure will have caused problems for commuters this morning and I thank the public for their continued patience while we deal with this incident."

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