M5 Devon motorway reopens after fatal crash
THE M5 motorway in and out of Devon has reopened after having been shut in both directions by accidents yesterday.
One man, a 47-year-old from Shropshire, died as a result of one of the accidents.
The motorway was closed until about 3.30am near Exeter, leading to major congestion on nearby nearby.
The first collision involved a camper van and a saloon car on the southbound carriageway near Cullompton at about 1.30pm yesterday.
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The second involved four cars and a lorry on the northbound side at Hele Straight at about 3.45pm.
Police today appealed for witnesses after the 47-year-old man died in the collision involving four cars and a lorry.
The vehicles were involved in a shunt-type collision at the end of a tailback caused by an earlier collision on the same stretch of carriageway.
Formal identification of the man who died has not taken place although next of kin have been informed.
A section of the central reservation was removed to allow a large volume of static northbound traffic to travel back to Exeter via the southbound carriageway.
All traffic was cleared by 8.10pm but the road was not reopened around 3.30am.
Officers from the Force Serious Collisions Investigation Unit have launched an investigation into the collision and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Exeter Serious Collisions Investigation Unit by telephoning 101, quoting log number 521 of 05/12/12.
A police spokesman said the vehicles involved were a white Scania lorry driven by a man from Warwickshire; the black Ford Focus, driven by the 47-year-old man from Shropshire; a black Honda Accord, driven by a 40-year-old man, and registered to Clevedon, Avon who suffered minor injuries; a black Honda Jazz, driven by a 63-year-old woman from Bristol who suffered minor injuries and a black Vauxhall Astra, driven by a 39-year-old woman from Burnham-on Sea who suffered minor injuries.