M5 to remain shut down ‘for hours’ near Exeter after lorry crash

The busy M5 near Exeter is currently shut heading northbound due to a collision between J29 and J28.

Just before 5am this morning (February 1), roads traffic and monitoring service Inrix reported that the road was closed due to a police incident.

It has since been reported that the incident is a crash involving a lorry.

National Highways have since released a statement and claim the road closure is ‘anticipated to be in place for a number of hours.’

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In a statement on their website, a spokesperson for National Highways said: “The M5 northbound is closed between J29 and J28. The link road from the A30 to the M5 J29 northbound is also closed.

“The closure is due to a collision.

“Devon and Cornwall Police are carrying out a full investigation. It is anticipated that this closure will be in place for a number of hours.

“Traffic heading to J28 is to follow the solid circle symbol via the B3181.

“Traffic heading towards Taunton is to follow the hollow square symbol – is diverted from J29, via the A30 eastbound via Honiton, continuing on the A303 to the A358 near Ilminster. Then head north to re-join the M5 at J25.

“Delays are likely on the approach to this closure, with additional journey times also expected on diversion routes.”

Roads traffic and monitoring service report there is queuing traffic due to the serious incident.

Inrix reports: “M5 Northbound closed, queueing traffic due to serious accident, a lorry involved from J29 A3015 Honiton Road (Exeter / Honiton( to J28 A373 Station Road )Cullompton / Service Area).

“The road has been closed since around 04:30 this morning.

“Diversion – traffic to leave at J29 and follow the B3181 from Exeter to Cullompton to rejoin at J28 (the Solid Circle symbol).”

Keep up to date with this incident here.

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