UPDATE: Man dies after collisions which close M5 in both directions
Drivers suffered hours of delays on the M5 after a man died following one of two collisions.
The incident began at around 5.15am today when a car overturned on the southbound carriageway between the junctions for Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater in Somerset.
A short time later a second collision between a van and a lorry occurred in the same area.
Police say one of the collisions resulted in the death of one man and left debris scattered over the carriageway, forcing the closure of the motorway in both directions.
A police spokesperson said: "We have informed the family of the deceased man and they are being supported by a family liaison officer."
Traffic was diverted off the motorway and A38 at earlier junctions and police worked to turn around vehicles stuck between the closed junctions.
Some drivers were held up for as long as four hours and by late morning there were still delays of around 90 minutes.
Superintendent Chris Weigold said: "This was a significant incident for us and we were left with no option but to close the motorway.” Both lanes were reopened at 1:15pm but traffic was slow-moving and backlogged by around two hours.
Officers and emergency services have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the collision.
Anyone who witnessed either of the collisions should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.