Drivers filming M5 lorry-bridge crash on phones face fines and points

Traffic on the M5 at junction 31 today (June 28)
-Credit: (Image: Motorway Cameras)

A number of motorists are facing prosecution, fines and points on their driving licences after filming the aftermath of a serious M5 crash on their mobile phones while at the wheel. The motorway in Somerset was closed for several hours today, Friday, June 28, after a lorry crashed into a bridge, leaving a driver trapped inside his vehicle.

Emergency services were called to the scene, between Taunton and Bridgwater, at around 6.25am. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service crews recovered the lorry driver from his vehicle and he was airlifted to hospital with injuries described as serious but not life threatening.

Miles of congestion and hours of delays were reported on the road until it reopened fully just before 3pm. Avon and Somerset Police said a number of drivers have been given warnings for filming the crash on mobile phones as they passed by.

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In a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, the AS Police Roads Policing Unit (RPU) account wrote: "Whilst dealing with a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) on the #M5 this morning a number of drivers felt it necessary to film it on their mobile phones as they passed.!! Thanks to the support of officers from @ASPWestSom these drivers will now be receiving NIPs for the offence #FATAL5."

An NIP, or notice of intended prosecution, is a warning that the recipient may be prosecuted for an alleged offence in the near future.

Avon and Somerset Police have also issued an appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in contact. The force said: "If you witnessed the collision or have any dashcam footage which could help our investigation, please contact us. If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5224167533, or complete our online appeals form.

"You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers."