Fire Service report on M5 fatal accident
By Richard_Penny | Saturday, November 05, 2011, 10:46
Ever since late last night (Friday), the news has been led by reports of a major accident on the M5 near Taunton. This morning the Fire Service issued the following report which fills in some of the details as to what really happened. It reads
"The Service was called to a major road traffic collision on the M5 near junction 25 northbound just before 20.25 hours.
Multiple vehicles, including cars, vans and heavy goods vehicles were involved. Four vehicles were reported to be on fire, including two lorries. At least eleven casualties were reported including four people who were trapped and had to be released by firefighters using hydraulic rescue equipment.
Police, fire and ambulance are in attendance and there are reports of multiple serious injuries and possible fatalities.
Ten fire appliances and special appliances are at the scene 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. 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 twenty light vehicles and six articulated lorries involved in the incident. There are reports of up to thirty casualties, including several people seriously injured.
There are now fifteen fire appliances at the scene, with additional appliances from Chard, Street, Cullompton and Tiverton. Fifteen sets of breathing apparatus, ten hose reel jets, four main jets and cutting equipment are in use.
The public are advised that the M5 between junction 23 and 26 both ways is likely to remain closed for the next 24 hours. There are large tailbacks at present and we would urge all to avoid the area for the next 24 hours at least.
There are reports of between twenty-five and thirty injuries, ten are believed to be life changing and it is believed that people have lost their lives.
A dedicated number for those concerned about relatives and friends will be available within the next hour."
The Police duly issued the following:
"Police investigating a multiple vehicle RTC on the M5 near Taunton have released the number for the casualty bureau for members of the public concerned for friends and relations. It is 0800 0920410. "
For more information and eye-witness accounts see This is Devon