Accidents plague Somerset's roads during heavy fog (March 13)

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  • *Accident on M5 southbound between J24 A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25 A358 (Taunton).
  • *Delays of up to 40 minutes on First Great Western between Taunton and Weston.
  • *Two people taken to hospital following four vehicle crash near Bridgwater pub
  • *Quantock Road closed both ways following accident with 44-tonne lorry

8:15pm

The Fire Service says they were called to the report of a crash on the M5.

Two local crews and the rescue tender from Taunton were sent  but once there crews located two separate incidents.

A police spokesman said: "This was one involving one single vehicle, the other involving two vehicles. There were no persons trapped and three walking wounded casualties. Crews got to work assisting the Ambulance Service, carrying out first aid and making the vehicles safe."

The Police were also in attendance

8:10pm

Thick fog on the M5 Somerset this evening

Somerset County Gazette:

8:08pm

Update on the A39 Quantock Road accident which saw road closed both ways.

A traffic officer said: "Sensors in the area suggest that there are no major traffic delays, but will affect motorists travelling between Bridgwater and Cannington."

8:07pm

Traffic returned to normal, earlier accident on M5 Southbound between J24 A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25 A358 (Taunton).

8:05pm

8:04pm

8:01pm

On Facebook, Lisa Griffiths said: "M5 clear. Just got off at J25. Saw five cars on hard shoulder - didn't see much damage. Hope all ok."

Chris Ward added: "I'm not out in it thankfully just looked out my lounge window, but please everyone who is traveling do take care and slow down."

7:57pm

Update on M5 accident:

Slow traffic still but now on the hard shoulder on M5 Southbound between J24 A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25 A358 (Taunton).

All lanes have been re-opened. Lane three (Of three) was closed by the three car accident, with all lanes re-opening at 7.40pm.

7:54pm

First Great Western says: "There are residual delays due to an earlier incident that police were attending to. Trains running though."

7:43pm

Update on M5 accident:

One lane is closed and traffic is slow due to the "multi-vehicle accident" on M5 Southbound between J24 A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25 A358 (Taunton).

Lane three (of three) is closed by Traffic Officers who are in attendance to the accident.

7:40pm

Marilyn Dodd added: "Our coach just followed a dark red car with NO Lights On !!!!! and that was in Pea Soup conditions! No wonder there are crashes!"

7:36pm

Paula Phipps said: "OMG, what's going on today. Must be the weather."

7:31pm

Readers are getting in touch on Facebook about the scenes tonight.

Lisa Griffiths said: "Stuck on m5 but can't see anything. Hope everyone ok.

"It's a bit freaky. Most cars have turned their engines and lights off. Getting darker and darker."

7:25pm

Two people have been taken to hospital after fire crews cut them from their cars following an accident in Bridgwater earlier this evening.

The road by the Quantock pub was closed while authorities dealt with the incident, which involved four vehicles; two private cars, one large van and one HGV.

7:21pm

ANOTHER accident has happened on the A39 Quantock Road, Sedgemoor, involving a 44-tonne lorry.

The Quantock Road has been closed both ways, resulting in queuing traffic.

7:19pm

EMERGENCY teams called to reports of an accident on the M5 during thick fog.

The incident has occurred southbound between J24 A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25 A358 (Taunton).

7:18pm

Delays of up to 40 minutes on First Great Western between Taunton and Weston due to emergency services dealing with an incident. First Great Western have no estimate for when a normal service will resume.

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11:21pm Thu 13 Mar 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Been out today driving the lorry and could not believe how many idiots on the roads without lights!
Been out today driving the lorry and could not believe how many idiots on the roads without lights! FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 19

11:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Fog so thick you can chew it.
Fog so thick you can chew it. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 5

8:29am Fri 14 Mar 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Been out today driving the lorry and could not believe how many idiots on the roads without lights!
Exactly what I was going to say! I've just been sat behind a police car on the way into Taunton, three cars came past without lights and the police did absolutely nothing. Utterly disgusting. Then there's the people that think a five-watt sidelight bulb is sufficient illumination when visibility's about twenty feet. It's really not! You have to wonder if these are the same people that drive around in the rain with their front fog lights on, dazzling everybody else.

Perhaps the Gazette would like to post an article on the importance of turning your lights on in fog - although I suspect the imbeciles that aren't turning their lights on are also too dim to read.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Been out today driving the lorry and could not believe how many idiots on the roads without lights![/p][/quote]Exactly what I was going to say! I've just been sat behind a police car on the way into Taunton, three cars came past without lights and the police did absolutely nothing. Utterly disgusting. Then there's the people that think a five-watt sidelight bulb is sufficient illumination when visibility's about twenty feet. It's really not! You have to wonder if these are the same people that drive around in the rain with their front fog lights on, dazzling everybody else. Perhaps the Gazette would like to post an article on the importance of turning your lights on in fog - although I suspect the imbeciles that aren't turning their lights on are also too dim to read. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 15

11:31am Fri 14 Mar 14

JOOLES says...

Maybe the police who were in front radioed through to the station, they could hardly set off on a high speed chase,
1/ Fog
2/ in a queue of traffic going in the opposite direction
so maybe by radioing through another police car were able to catch them safety.
Maybe the police who were in front radioed through to the station, they could hardly set off on a high speed chase, 1/ Fog 2/ in a queue of traffic going in the opposite direction so maybe by radioing through another police car were able to catch them safety. JOOLES
  • Score: -3

12:11pm Fri 14 Mar 14

el_pablo says...

I was a couple cars behind the car that crashed on the M5. The lad was ok. From my view someone pulled out and he swerved to avoid them and ended up hitting the central reservation. A fire 4x4 was a couple vehicles back and was able to sort the scene quickly. Amazingly only 2 of us stopped to help!
Too many that cannot drive in the conditions and some this morning even more stupid without any lights at all!!
I was a couple cars behind the car that crashed on the M5. The lad was ok. From my view someone pulled out and he swerved to avoid them and ended up hitting the central reservation. A fire 4x4 was a couple vehicles back and was able to sort the scene quickly. Amazingly only 2 of us stopped to help! Too many that cannot drive in the conditions and some this morning even more stupid without any lights at all!! el_pablo
  • Score: 4

11:01am Sat 15 Mar 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

JOOLES wrote:
Maybe the police who were in front radioed through to the station, they could hardly set off on a high speed chase,
1/ Fog
2/ in a queue of traffic going in the opposite direction
so maybe by radioing through another police car were able to catch them safety.
Oh, I didn't realise you were there and saw the same things.

It wouldn't have needed to bave been a "high-speed chase" would it? Because of the
1) Fog
2) Fog
3) Uh, fog.

Why so defensive? Are you one of the people that deems it unnecessary to use your lights?
[quote][p][bold]JOOLES[/bold] wrote: Maybe the police who were in front radioed through to the station, they could hardly set off on a high speed chase, 1/ Fog 2/ in a queue of traffic going in the opposite direction so maybe by radioing through another police car were able to catch them safety.[/p][/quote]Oh, I didn't realise you were there and saw the same things. It wouldn't have needed to bave been a "high-speed chase" would it? Because of the 1) Fog 2) Fog 3) Uh, fog. Why so defensive? Are you one of the people that deems it unnecessary to use your lights? GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 2

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