LiveM5 crash inquest: Day six from Shire Hall in Taunton

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  • Seven people died on night of November 4, 2011.
  • Pile-up on M5 northbound left 51 injured.
  • Legal proceedings against fireworks boss thrown out by judge in December.
  • Coroner resumed inquest on Monday, March 31 and could last two weeks.


FOR updates from day seven, click here.


THE MetOffice's Dr Jonathan Taylor told the court that he had been commissioned by Avon and Somerset Police to write a report on the conditions at the time of the crash.

He agreed that it was possible that pollution from a fireworks display at the Wyvern Club, in Taunton, could have been blown onto the motorway, reducing visibility leading up to the crash.


WEST Somerset Coroner Michael Rose told the hearing it would be very difficult to say what influence the fireworks display at Taunton Rugby Club had on visibility on the motorway leading up to the crash.

Mr Rose was speaking after a MetOffice expert said there was no machinery on the M5 at Taunton to record weather conditions.


Chard & Ilminster News: The scene the morning after the fatal M5 crash

THE inquest into the deaths of seven people killed in a horrific pile-up on the M5 near Taunton in November 2011 continues today (April 7).

West Somerset Coroner Michel Rose will continue the hearing into the deaths of:

  • Tony and Pamela Adams, 73 and 70, of Newport,
  • Lorry drivers Terry Brice, 55, of Bristol,
  • Kye Thomas, 38, of Gunnislake, Cornwall,
  • Michael Barton, 67, and his daughter, Maggie, 23, of Berkshire,
  • And gas supply worker Malcolm Beacham, of Woolavington, near Bridgwater.

They all died in the 37-vehicle pile-up in which 51 people were also injured travelling northwards just past junction 25.

For updates from day five, click here.


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