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    Somerset M5 closed as 26-vehicle crash leaves 30 injured

    fiona1964 Nov 4, 2011

    1. fiona1964

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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.

      Four of the victims had to be cut free by fire crews called to the scene, 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 stretch of the motorway is due to be shut for 24 hours.

      Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

      Read more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-15603124
       
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      Saw something about this on Sky News not long ago, quite shocking to say the least as that is a pretty big smash up.
       
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      Yeh I saw it on BBC3 was quite shockded
       
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      Just reading it, truly shocking, always happens when the clocks go back
       
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      This really is quite shocking, never in my life have I ever seen any kind of crash this bad on the news that I can remember. 34 vehicles and some of those where lorries that is just crazy! My thoughts are with those who are injured and those who lost family and friends in this tragedy. Truly is devastating.
       
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      The most number of vehicles involved in an accident in this country I think stands at 100+ on the M42 but only 3 died and 60+ injured.
       
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      Wow, that is alot. Can't say I recall seeing that on the news myself. How long ago was that?
       
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      That was in March 1997 (had to google for the date :) )
       
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      That could be why I don't remember :) I would have been 11 then so wasn't one who watched or read the news much. Quite shocking though when you see these kind of things happening as it doesn't happen to often so when it does it shocks you.