M5 motorway service station remains sealed off in 'corrosive substance' incident

A Somerset motorway service station has been closed for hours after a “corrosive substance” incident. A multi-agency response was sent to Taunton Deane services between Taunton and Wellington at around 12pm today (July 7). The northbound site was quickly sealed off by police at the scene and the exit slip road was closed after “a spillage from a tipper truck”, officers say.

Environment Agency incident response staff could be seen wearing large yellow Hazmat suits in the car park of the services earlier today. See how the incident has unfolded so far Looking for today’s top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here

Authorities have not yet disclosed what the substance is, but the northbound service station remained closed at the time of publication, eight hours after it was first shut. An Avon and Somerset Constabulary bulletin states the situation is a “corrosive substance leak” and is likely to go on for some time.

M5 motorway service station remains sealed off in 'corrosive substance' incident

Nobody has been hurt in the incident, police say. Images from the scene show a large emergency services presence at the car park, including multiple police vehicles and a number of fire engines.

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A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “The northbound Taunton Deane Services on the M5 is currently closed.

“Motorists should not to try to access the services between junctions 26 (Wellington) and 25 (Taunton) due to an ongoing incident. “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue crews are dealing with an isolated incident involving a spillage from a tipper truck which has required the car park and the services to be closed. No one has been hurt.

“Police and the Highways and Environment Agencies are supporting fire colleagues at the scene.

“The M5 junctions 26 and 25, and the southbound Taunton Deane Services are unaffected by the incident.”

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