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Woman Dies In 'Wrong-Way' Accident On M5 Motorway In Somerset

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A woman has died after driving her car the wrong way up a motorway in the early hours of this morning, police said.

The woman, aged in her late 20s or early 30s, died after her Ford Ka collided with four vehicles on the M5 in Somerset.

She drove the small blue car north up the southbound carriageway from Weston-super-Mare towards Clevedon at 12.30am, Avon and Somerset Police said.

"It was involved in separate collisions with two vehicles and was left stationary when it was hit by two more vehicles," a force spokesman said.

"Unfortunately the driver of the Ford Ka, a woman in her late twenties or early thirties, died at the scene."

The road, a key tourist route in the West Country, was closed while the emergency services dealt with the incident and while police officers investigated the crash.

It was open again by 7.30am.