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#615449 - 4th Nov 2011 11:21pm Several people killed in M5 pile up
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At least 30 people have been hurt, some seriously, in a multi-vehicle collision on the M5 in Somerset with reports of possible fatalities.

Some 20 light vehicles and six articulated lorries were involved in the smash, according to fire and rescue services.

At least four people who were trapped have been cut free by firefighters.

The incident happened just before 8.30pm, near junction 25 on the northbound carriageway of the motorway.

Eyewitnesses have reported seeing burning vehicles and casualities and debris strewn across the road.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: "Four vehicles were reported to be on fire, including two lorries."

Police, fire and ambulance services are all at the scene and the motorway has been closed in both directions from junctions 23 to 26.

Motorists in Bridgwater and the surrounding area are being asked to avoid the road.

Police have said the motorway is likely to be closed for 24 hours.

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call the collision unit on 101.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/deaths-feared-pile-closes-m5-somerset-220328503.html
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#615451 - 4th Nov 2011 11:25pm Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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Up to 30 people have been injured, seven of them seriously, in a crash on the M5 in Somerset involving 26 vehicles.

Police said they believed "people have lost their lives" in the crash, between junctions 23 and 26.

Two lorries were among four vehicles which are said to have caught fire in the accident shortly before 20:30 GMT.

One witness described the scene as "horrific". The 18-mile stretch of the motorway is due to shut for 24 hours.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "There are reports of between 25 and 30 injuries, 10 are believed to be life changing and it is believed that people have lost their lives."

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: "There are reports of up to 30 casualties, including several people seriously injured."

He said he could not recall having a road traffic collision on this scale for some time in this area.

Around 50 firefighters are at the scene along with 15 fire engines from Taunton, Glastonbury, Bridgwater, Wiveliscombe, Wellington, Burnham on Sea and Yeovil.

Simon Bruford, 38, from Willerton, in Somerset, said he was driving southbound when he passed the scene with his wife and son.

He described the scene as one of "total carnage".

"I could see the flames from quite a way back.

"I spent 18 years in the Somerset fire service and have seen a lot nasty things, but that was horrific."

Tim Shires, 29, from Bristol, said he got caught in the southbound traffic on his way to Plymouth for work.

He said a police officer was warning drivers not to expect to be moving for quite a few hours.

"We've been told a couple of helicopters could land on the carriageway," he said.

"I've heard helicopters up above but nothing has landed but it's foggy and visibility is poor."

Avon and Somerset Police said the M5 was "likely to be closed for 24 hours" and appealed for drivers to avoid the area because of "huge tailbacks".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-15603124
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#615453 - 4th Nov 2011 11:29pm Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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#615457 - 4th Nov 2011 11:39pm Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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Does OP know something we don't? How does 'we believe people may have lost their lives' translate to 'several people killed?'
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#615459 - 4th Nov 2011 11:55pm Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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I couldn't copy and paste that bit for some reason.

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#615463 - 5th Nov 2011 12:22am Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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#615464 - 5th Nov 2011 12:22am Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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Horrible scenes on the News, very sad.

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#615468 - 5th Nov 2011 12:30am Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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Looks bad on sky News.

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#615469 - 5th Nov 2011 12:30am Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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#615498 - 5th Nov 2011 9:17am Re: Several people killed in M5 pile up [Re: DavidB]
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