On the M5 Motorway a car crash pile up on bonfire night near Bridgewater, Somerset has resulted in many deaths after an Iceland lorry jackknifed in dense fog, and cars following started ploughing into the lorry, causing a pile up, where a petrol or diesel spill ignited and led to a quick spreading fine which engulfed vehicles, burning people as they were trapped in car wreckages.
A truly horrible accident, on a stretch of motorway which I have often travelled. A firework display at Taunton Rugby Club is being investigated as a possible cause of the mist which descended on a small part of the M5 where the tragedy happened.
The cause of the accident appears to be bonfire events which were going on nearby, causing smoke and mist on the motorway. In retrospect this hopefully will be learned from to avoid future disasters.
People burned were burned alive in the pile-up on the M5 motorway accident, which now appears to be the worst in British history. The official number of dead following the multiple collisions on the M5 near Bridgwater in Somerset had was last reported as seven, with 51 injured, though due to the nature of the accident bodies will be hard to identify.
Anthony Bangham, who is assistant chief constable of Avon and Somerset police reported that some of the dead remained trapped in their charred vehicles, And many lorries and cars smashed on the northbound carriageway were actually burned literally to the ground. Further details are set to be known shortly.
The crash triggered a massive fireball that was seen miles away.