LiveM5 crash inquest: Coroner records conclusion into deaths

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4:09pm

A MINUTE'S silence was held at the end of the hearing, when Michael Rose read out the names of the seven people who died in the pile-up.

4:04pm

OUTSIDE the court, Tonia White, whose parents Tony and Pamela Adams died in the accident, welcomed the findings of the inquest.

She said: "The Coroner has recommended are a big positive step forward - it's about moving on and making sure this doesn't happen to anybody else.

"We want to see things like licensing of firework displays and the literature to be changed to include the visibility issues.

"The Coroner has just summed it up for us in a lot of ways."

4:00pm

THE Coroner concluded that the seven people died as a result of a road traffic collision after the vehicles they were travelling in entered an area of reduced visibility.

3:58pm

THE M5 crash was one of the worst in motorway history.

But there have been two worse tragedies in Taunton in the last 100 years.

Mr Rose told the inquest that the fireman and 26 passengers died when a sleeper train crashed shortly after leaving Taunton Station on November 4, 1940, exactly 71 years before the M5 pile-up.

And nine died when a sleeper train derailed on the track beside Bindon Road.

3:54pm

MICHAEL Rose has ordered a number of organisations to meet him to discuss ways or preventing a similar accident happening again.

He will hear from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Health and Safety Executive, the Highways Agency, British Pyrotechnic Association and Taunton Deane Council to discuss what steps should be taken.

Among issues on the agenda at the meeting in Taunton on Tuesday, June 10 will be:

*the education of pyrotechnic operators about the problems of operating in foggy conditions.

*whether or not distances from major roads should be laid down for holding public firework displays.

*whether or not licensing public firework displays is necessary.

*if immediate action should be taken by the Highways Agency to provide visibility detection devices in view of the fact they had previously identified the M5 motorway north of Taunton as a fog risk area and south as a high risk fog area.

 

 

3:48pm

SMOKE from a fireworks display at Taunton Rugby Club did not cause an area of reduced visibility leading up to the tragic accident, West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose ruled.

But he did not exclude the possibility that it may have added to the intensity of the obscuration.

 

2:31pm

The coroner is expected to give his conclusion this afternoon. Initially, it was due shortly after noon but it was adjourned due to an earlier incident which forced the closure of the M5.

12:09pm

Somerset County Gazette: The scene the morning after the fatal M5 crash

WEST Somerset Coroner Michael Rose is today (April 17) set to give his conclusion at the inquest into the deaths of seven people in one of the UK’s worst motorway accidents.

Mr Rose will rule on how they died in a 34-vehicle pile-up on the M5 at Taunton on November 4, 2011, at the hearing at Shire Hall in Taunton.

The court took evidence from several witnesses during an eight-day hearing at the town’s Shire Hall that lasted until Wednesday last week.

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7:07pm Thu 17 Apr 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

"Mr Rose told the inquest that the fireman and 26 passengers died when a sleeper train crashed shortly after leaving Taunton Station on November 4, 1940, exactly 71 days before the M5 pile-up."

71 years, not days. I wonder if we'll ever see an article on this site with no errors.
"Mr Rose told the inquest that the fireman and 26 passengers died when a sleeper train crashed shortly after leaving Taunton Station on November 4, 1940, exactly 71 days before the M5 pile-up." 71 years, not days. I wonder if we'll ever see an article on this site with no errors. GreatOdin'sRaven
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11:17pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ollydolly10 says...

I was driving along the motorway coming back from Devon this day and missed the accident luckily. The visibility from the fog was awful and there were people driving without lights on! It was such a tragic accident but its unfair to blame the firework display when the fog was so bad and visabilty was awful before the fire work display even started
I was driving along the motorway coming back from Devon this day and missed the accident luckily. The visibility from the fog was awful and there were people driving without lights on! It was such a tragic accident but its unfair to blame the firework display when the fog was so bad and visabilty was awful before the fire work display even started ollydolly10
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12:15am Fri 18 Apr 14

driftworkz says...

Driver error every time!! Stop passing blame, its bang out of order, people die everyday in car accidents, when weather deteriorates peoples driving gets irratic as they want to get off the roads faster, which isnt safer at all, people must realise that if fog lands they have to slow down, so what if your gonna be 10 min late for a meeting, as the saying goes "better to arrive late than never" and its as simple as that at the end of the day :/
Driver error every time!! Stop passing blame, its bang out of order, people die everyday in car accidents, when weather deteriorates peoples driving gets irratic as they want to get off the roads faster, which isnt safer at all, people must realise that if fog lands they have to slow down, so what if your gonna be 10 min late for a meeting, as the saying goes "better to arrive late than never" and its as simple as that at the end of the day :/ driftworkz
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11:16am Wed 23 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Is it me, ???? Or is the Photo in use at the Header for this article, the Correct
One, as it is not a Motorway Sign and scene that I recognise!!!!!!
As one Post has already said " Blame Blame Blame" there has to be a Scape Goat, it was not the Gut who was putting on the Firework Display in an adjacent Location.
It was a combination of Weather that Night, Poor Visabilities, Drivers, driving to close and as always Too Fast for the Conditions. Result ????
Carnage, who was rubber necking, who braked first, who caused another driver too over react in braking and swerving, etc, we have all been in similar scenarios and luckily avoided, actual Collisions.
But, fault has to be Applied, because the Costs, insurance Companies , payouts on repairs replacement Vehicles have to be funded, compensation for the Unfortunate Loss of life and Limbs, then the Costs of the Emergency Services, Motorway Furniture, Crashbarriers Resurfacing etc. Hospital Fee's
Many Many £ Millions of Pounds.
The Firework Organisor Jeffrey ?? Surname escapes me) was thankfully found not liable, as he had made every possible attention to ensure his Display was Reasonably Safe. He could not have possible for seen the Circumstances, that unravelled that evening.
The Insurance Companies, rightly need to try and recover their Losses. !!
David L Preece
Blue -Owl
Is it me, ???? Or is the Photo in use at the Header for this article, the Correct One, as it is not a Motorway Sign and scene that I recognise!!!!!! As one Post has already said " Blame Blame Blame" there has to be a Scape Goat, it was not the Gut who was putting on the Firework Display in an adjacent Location. It was a combination of Weather that Night, Poor Visabilities, Drivers, driving to close and as always Too Fast for the Conditions. Result ???? Carnage, who was rubber necking, who braked first, who caused another driver too over react in braking and swerving, etc, we have all been in similar scenarios and luckily avoided, actual Collisions. But, fault has to be Applied, because the Costs, insurance Companies , payouts on repairs replacement Vehicles have to be funded, compensation for the Unfortunate Loss of life and Limbs, then the Costs of the Emergency Services, Motorway Furniture, Crashbarriers Resurfacing etc. Hospital Fee's Many Many £ Millions of Pounds. The Firework Organisor Jeffrey ?? Surname escapes me) was thankfully found not liable, as he had made every possible attention to ensure his Display was Reasonably Safe. He could not have possible for seen the Circumstances, that unravelled that evening. The Insurance Companies, rightly need to try and recover their Losses. !! David L Preece Blue -Owl Blue Owl
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