One person has died and 10 more have been injured after a multi-vehicle collision on the M5 that has brought the motorway to a standstill.
Three people had to be cut free from vehicles, according to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, after the pile up on Friday morning.
Ambulances, rapid response vehicles and air ambulances were deployed by South Western Ambulance Service, with 15 crews attending the scene.
Both carriageways are expected to be closed for a “significant amount of time”, Avon and Somerset Police said.
The motorway was closed between junctions 25 and 26 following the incident just before 6.20am.
“We expect the motorway to be closed for a significant amount of time so would urge motorists to avoid the area and make sure they follow diversions put in place by Highways England,” a police spokesperson said.
Traffic around #Taunton is extremely heavy as a result of the #M5 closure as the northbound diversion route will take you along the A38 from J26. If you’re travelling from further south on the M5 please consider exiting at J29 and taking the #A30.— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 9, 2018
“If your journey isn’t necessary, please consider delaying it until later in the day.”