Police appeal for witnesses after 33-year-old man dies on M5 near Exeter

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage after a 33-year-old man died following a crash involving a pedestrian and HGV lorry on the M5 near Exeter in the early hours of Tuesday morning (February 1).

Officers and paramedics were called to the northbound carriageway of the road, between junctions 28, at Cullompton, and 29, Exeter, at around 4.05am.

Police said a local man was pronounced dead at the scene and his next-of-kin were informed.

The HGV lorry driver, who stopped at the crash scene, has been helping officers with the investigation.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or has dashcam footage of the road at the time of the incident.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “The pedestrian, a local man, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.

“The HGV driver stopped at the scene and is helping police with the investigation.”

The northbound carriage was closed for several hours while police carried out investigations into how the crash happened.

Traffic was diverted through Exeter while the motorway was closed.

Investigating officers have thanked the public for their patience while the diversions were in place.

The police spokesman said: “The road was closed for several hours while Roads Policing Team officers conducted a specialist examination to establish how the collision occurred.

“They have thanked members of the public for their patience and understanding.”

Highways England also attended the incident, said police.

  • Any witnesses, or drivers with dashcam footage to help police, are asked to call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting log 104 of 1 February 2022.

Man dies after crash involving HGV lorry and pedestrian on M5 near Exeter

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