Motorists drive wrong way up hard shoulder stopping fire engine travelling to crash
Fire crews were stuck on the M5 as motorists drove wrong way up hard shoulder
Firefighters trying to reach a serious crash on M5 found themselves trapped in traffic after motorists clogged up the hard shoulder. The crash is understood to have taken place on the northbound carriageway between junctions 26 at Wellington and 25 at Taunton.
The busy road remained closed for more than 3 hours as police investigated the crash.
Rescue crews said they were held up in tailbacks attempting to reach the crash involving a biker in Somerset because people tried to drive the WRONG WAY up the hard shoulder to escape the gridlock.
An air ambulance landed at the scene following the incident, which completely closed the motorway in both directions.
Devon and Somerset firefighters from Wellington posted photographs on Facebook showing themselves sitting in traffic en route to the incident which happened at 1pm on September 7.
The photos show drivers who appear to have attempted to dodge the long queues by using the hard shoulder – blocking it to emergency vehicles.
Speaking at the time, a spokesperson for Wellington Fire Station said: “Currently stuck in a traffic jam due to an accident on the motorway north bound between Taunton Deane services and the Taunton junction. Some people have taken it upon them selves to drive the wrong way down the hard shoulder and block the hard shoulder.”
However, some motorists including Chris Whiteway said that the motorists had been sent back down the hard shoulder: “Police have turned traffic away down the hard shoulder.”