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Update on fatal collision on the M5 Cullompton

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Family members in Bulgaria are aware of the incident

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit continue to investigate how a man came to be struck by a number of vehicles on the southbound carriageway of the M5 in Devon on Tuesday 13 February.

We believe the man in question had been a passenger in a Citroen van travelling on the M5; we are not currently treating his death as suspicious.

Police enquiries indicate that the man was from Bulgaria who had travelled to the UK to obtain employment.

Family members in Bulgaria are aware of the incident and will be assisting the police with the formal identification process, and it is anticipated that this process may take several weeks to resolve.

One man deceased at scene

Police continue their investigation following a serious incident yesterday [Tuesday 13 February 2018] which closed the M5 at Cullompton.

Officers were notified at around 6.40am to reports that a body had been hit by multiple vehicles on the M5 between junctions 28 and 29 southbound.

The identity of the deceased man has yet to be confirmed.

The road was closed for around eight hours whilst officers from Exeter CID and the Roads Policing Team carried out full and thorough examination in what was a multi-agency response.

A full investigation of the scene was completed and enquiries are continuing to determine the identity of the deceased and the reason for the body being on the motorway.

Weather at the time of this incident was poor with heavy rain and it was the hours of darkness.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or may have information is asked to contact police via or by calling 101 quoting log number 119 of 13/02/18.

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