HGV driver dies following M5 collision in Somerset, police confirm

A MAN died following a collision between two HGVs on the M5 between Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare yesterday, police have confirmed.  The driver of the other vehicle involved was taken to hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

Officers have appealed for witnesses of the collision to come forward by phoning the non-emergency number (101) or by filling in their online appeals form

The M5 northbound J22-21 is expected to fully reopen shortly following a collision between two HGVs at around 1.15pm today (29/4). Sadly, we can confirm there has been one fatality. More: https://t.co/Pjcm7hfaCP

Witnesses please call 101, quoting log 445 of 29 April. pic.twitter.com/PzPkbKOfaM

— Avon and Somerset Police (@ASPolice) April 29, 2022

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Sadly, the male driver of one of the vehicles was pronounced deceased at the scene. “His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. “The driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.”

The M5 was closed between junctions 22 (Burnham-on-Sea) and junction 21 (Weston-super-Mare) in both directions after the collision until around 3pm, when the southbound carriageway re-opened. 

Recovery and clear-up work complete, the #M5 is fully OPEN northbound between J22 and J21. Please allow time for the delays to ease. Approx.

5 miles of congestion in both directions. An additional 45 minutes on to your normal journey time. pic.twitter.com/l51ZRBf7Vz

— National Highways: South-West (@HighwaysSWEST) April 29, 2022

One lane re-opened on the northbound carriageway at around 3:30pm, before the recovery and clear-up work was completed just after 8:30pm to allow the motorway to fully re-open. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information for the police about the incident should phone 101 and give the call handler the reference number 445 of April 29. 

Alternatively, they can complete the online appeals form.