A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on the M5 motorway near Cullompton.
The collision involved a blue Renault Clio and a white Mercedes Sprinter van on the southbound carriageway at 6.30am on Thursday, December 5.
Both carriageways of the motorway were closed, causing huge delays in both directions.
Motorway traffic took a detour through Cullompton to avoid the incident, causing gridlock in the town centre.
The southbound carriageway was closed to allow an air ambulance to land. The Clio driver, a 32-year-old woman from Exeter, was left trapped inside her car after it rolled over. She was thought to have suffered potentially life-changing injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
Ian Creek, 33, marketing manager for Rokk Media Ltd from Alphington, was at a standstill about half-a-mile from the Cullompton junction for nearly an hour-and-a-half.
He said at 8.30am on the day of the crash: "I just hope everyone's all right.
"The northbound carriageway was at a standstill the whole time and the southbound carriage was shut for around 20 minutes to allow the air ambulance to land.
"Everyone just sitting in their cars with their engines off."