photos show full scale of tragic M5 motorway accident
photos, taken from a light aircraft on Saturday morning, show
the full horrific scale of the tragic crash on the M5 motorway
which has claimed the life of seven people.
gliding enthusiast Jeff Thomas took the 'birds eye' photographs
from his microlight 3,500 feet above the scene.
said 34 vehicles - which included six articulated lorries - were
involved in the collision, which closed the M5 in both directions
between junctions 24 and 25.
total of seven people died and 51 people were injured in the vehicles,
many of which burst into flames. The remains of some of the vehicles
the injuries, 25 were taken to Yeovil District Hospital, 17 to
Musgrove Park and nine to a temporary holding unit set up by the
The pictures were taken at an altitude of 3500 feet because a
'temporary restricted zone' was immediately placed around the
incident reaching from the surface up to a height of 3,000 feet
and with a radius of three miles.
The Highways Agency says the stretch of motorway is expected
to re-open later on Sunday.
The accident occurred at 8.25pm on Friday night and emergency
crews from across Somerset - including Burnham-On-Sea - were in
An emergency number for members of the public to call if they
genuinely fear for the welfare of a friend or loved one is in
operation by the police on 0800 092 0410.
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