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‘Lives Lost’ In 27-Vehicle Motorway Pile-Up
2:43am UK, Saturday November 05, 2011
Several people have been killed and as many as 35 injured in a collision involving 27 vehicles on the M5 motorway in Somerset.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman confirmed that “some” people have “tragically lost their lives”.
There are reports that 10 others have sustained “life changing” injuries.
Some 20 light vehicles and six articulated lorries were involved in the smash on the motorway close to junction 25 near Taunton at around 8.30pm.
At least four people who were trapped have been cut free by firefighters.
Video footage from the scene shows several vehicles engulfed in flames and debris strewn across the road. A number of burning lorries are on their side.
Emergency services work to rescue people trapped and treat those who are injured (Pic: Avon and Somerset Police)
Firefighters can be seen trying to pry open car doors to reach those trapped inside.
One eyewitness reported a number of explosions and black smoke.
The heat of the fires was felt by drivers on the opposite side of the motorway.
A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service described it as “the worst road traffic collision anyone can remember… so many vehicles involved”.
Conditions on the road have been described as “difficult” at the time of the smash.
Over 25 vehicles are involved in the collision on the M5 which has closed the motorway in both directions
Police and 15 fire crews were battling the fires and working to free people from the wreckage on the northbound carriageway.
At least four vehicles were reported to be on fire, including two lorries.
The motorway has been closed in both directions from junctions 23 to 26 and police say it is likely to remain closed for at least 24 hours.
Chief Inspector Paul Mogg said earlier: “All emergency services are on the scene doing as much as they can to continue the rescue operation and to treat those who are injured.
“There are large tailbacks at present and we would urge all to avoid the area for the next 24 hours at least.”
Jeremy Browne, MP for Taunton Deane paid tribute to the “bravery” of the emergency workers who dealt with the “horrendous accident”.
“There has not been a crash on this scale for many years and the implications of it will be life-changing for many people,” he said in a statement.
Anyone concerned about friends or relatives can call an emergency number on 0800 092 0410.
Police say all other measures should be taken to make contact before this number is dialled.
Ten hurt in motorway pile-up
Saturday 19 November 2011
Ten people were hurt in a motorway pile-up today.
The accident on the M20 at Maidstone in Kent is thought to have involved six cars.
Ten people were taken to Pembury Hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be serious
A spokeswoman for Kent Police said the motorway is closed at junction 6 of the London-bound carriageway following the collision between junctions 4 and 5 at around 5.30am.
The traffic is being diverted from the M20 down a feeder road to junction 5 and onto the A20.
Three killed in huge 52-vehicle crash on the German autobahn in thick fog
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:07 PM on 19th November 2011
Three people were killed and 35 injured in a massive pile-up collision on a fog-covered highway in western Germany, police said.
The crash involved 52 vehicles and occurred on Friday night near the city of Muenster after fog settled over the stretch of autobahn (highway).
Experts are investigating details of the accident, which drew hundreds of emergency workers to the scene. A stretch of highway nearly 6 miles long was closed.
Fourteen people were taken to nearby hospitals and 21 people suffered from minor injuries. It is not known exactly what caused the accident.
In a separate accident, five people were killed and two severely injured in a head-on car collision in the western city of Aachen early on Saturday.
Police said the likely cause of the accident was a speeding motorist.