M5 crash multiple pile up near Taunton
By marion_TLocal | Saturday, November 05, 2011, 12:51
Police and emergency services have been woring around the clock on the M5 northbpund carriageway neat junction 25 after an horrific multiple vehicle crash last night just before 8.30pm.Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and Yeovil District Hospital, together with experts called in from Exeter have been dealing with a large quantity of casualties with injuries including internal trauma,collapsedlungs and fractures. It is thought there were at least 10 fatalities at the scene.
Taunton fire crews
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Cars vans and lorries were all involved with four reported to be on fire, including two lorries. There were 20 light vehicles and 6 articlulated lorriesinvolved At least 30 casualties were reported including four people who were trapped and had to be released by firefighters using hydraulic rescue equipment.
Police, fire and ambulance were in attendance all night with 15 fire engines special appliances called to the sene from Taunton, Glastonbury, Bridgwater, Wiveliscombe, Wellington, Burnham on Sea, and Yeovil.
Motorists in the Bridgwater and surrounding area are urged to avoid the M5. The motorway has now been closed in both directions from junctions 23 to 26. It is likely to remain closed for a number of hours yet.Motorists are asked to avoid the area.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call the Avon & Somerset Police collision investigation unit on 101.
There were reports of poor visibility due to fog and possible bonfire smoke, the roads were extremely slippery after earlier downpours.
Tauntonpeople would like to express our sympathies to anyone who was involved or have lost looved ones through this tragic accident.