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One dead, one seriously hurt in M5 crashes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A man died and a woman was seriously injured in two separate crashes on the M5.

The 47-year-old-man from Shropshire died on Wednesday in a shunt-type collision involving four cars and an HGV at the end of a tailback from an earlier crash near Cullompton.

The 36-year-old woman from London suffered internal injuries when a van driven by a 40-year-old woman from Exeter crashed through the central reservation.

The London woman was airlifted to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, where she remained in a serious condition yesterday. The van driver was taken to RD&E Hospital, Exeter, and later released.

One man and two women suffered minor injuries in the second crash and were taken to the RD&E Hospital.

Officers have launched an investigation into both accidents and are appealing for witnesses to call them on 101.

Formal identification of the Shropshire man, who was driving a black Ford Focus, is yet to take place but next of kin have been informed.

The motorway was closed in both directions between Junctions 28 and 29 for more than 12 hours.

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