The number of people seriously injured in last night’s fiery car crash near Taunton has risen to 43, with an unconfirmed number of fatalities. It’s now believed that 27 vehicles were involved in the accident, which sent debris flying into the other carriageway and has left a long stretch of the M5 closed.
Bad weather is believed to have played a part in the accident. It was foggy and wet at the time that the accident occurred between junctions 23 and 26, at around 20:30 on Friday night. TV footage shows members of the public trying to get injured people out of cars. At least four vehicles, including two lorries, caught fire and eyewitness reports say there were a number of explosions.
The accident is one of Britain’s worse road disasters for many years, possibly since the 1993 minibus crash on the M40 in which 12 children died or the 1991 M4 crash in which 10 people died after fog caused a 45-vehicle pile-up near Hungerford.