Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


A minibus carrying 12 people crashed over a motorway barrier and ended up just 6m from the Exeter to Bristol main line railway last Monday. It had been involved in a collision with a car on the northbound carriageway of the M5 near Cullompton in Devon.

The 610mm high-tension corrugated beam barrier was badly damaged. The rail line runs parallel to the motorway for several kilometres. There was a 50m gap between the two where the accident took place. The barrier was erected following an investigation into possible danger posed by traffic to the line five years ago.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.