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Burning lorry closes M5 motorway

Lorry fire (photo courtesy of William B. Sykes ( SYKES IMAGING )
The lorry caught fire on the M5 early on Monday afternoon

A section of the M5 southbound carriageway has been closed after a lorry fire.

The accident happened early on Monday afternoon between junctions 26 and 27 near Wellington.

The Devon and Somerset Fire Brigade are at the scene but have not confirmed when the motorway will reopen.

A diversion has been put in place which is taking traffic off the M5 at junction 26, along the A38 and back on to the motorway at junction 27.

On Monday afternoon, the Highways Agency said: "The lorry was carrying compacted paper and card, each pallet has to be offloaded and cooled before it can be moved."

The roads around junction 26 Wellington (A38), and around junction 25 Taunton (A358), were very busy during the rush hour as a result of the accident.

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