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M5 crash: Man and woman killed in seven-vehicle collision in Somerset

9:54 pm, 13th September 2018

Emergency services were called to the scene near junction 24 at Huntworth just after 8.30am on Thursday.

The collision on the southbound carriageway involved a lorry and six cars.

The female driver of one car and the male passenger of another car were pronounced dead at the scene, a police spokesman said.

A woman from each of those vehicles was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries.

Two other victims of the crash, who are not believed to have life-threatening injuries, were taken to Musgrove Park Hospital.

Another person was treated at the scene and later released.

Pictures from the crash site showed emergency workers next to a badly crushed blue car.

Inspector Frazer Davey said: “I’d like to thank people for their patience while the emergency teams are working at the scene and as the vehicles are being recovered.”

“While I appreciate how disruptive the road closure is I’m sure people will understand our need to carry out a thorough investigation to establish exactly how this happened.”

The M5 was closed in both directions between junction 24 and junction 25 after the crash.

The northbound carriageway re-opened at around 12pm.

The southbound carriageway remains closed while emergency services carry out an examination of the scene and recover vehicles.