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A woman has died after her car hit a wall in Taunton. The 23 year old woman was taken to hospital but died from her injuries yesterday afternoon. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen what happened to contact them.
A woman has been taken to hospital after her car hit a wall in Taunton.
She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital. It happened on Wellington Road just before one o'clock this morning. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the crash to contact them.
Smoke from a fireworks display has officially been ruled out as the cause of the M5 pile-up which killed seven people.
That was the summary from the West Somerset coroner this afternoon at the inquest into one of Britain's worst motorway accidents.
Michael Rose said he would be meeting with authorities before making further rulings on safety - including whether there should be tighter controls on fireworks displays near busy roads. David Woodland reports.
For many people who lost relatives that night the last two years have been a long search for answers on how the accident could have been prevented.
Tonia White, whose parents Tony and Pamela Adams were killed in the crash, is now campaigning for tighter legislation on fireworks displays.
Coroner Michael Rose says the deceased died as a result of a road traffic accident as vehicles entered an area of reduced visibility.The Coroner will meet authorities before making a ruling regarding:
- Education for fireworks operators - whether minimum distances should be set for displays near highways
- Whether licensing of displays is needed
- Whether visual detection devices should be installed on this stretch of motorway
The Coroner thanked all emergency services and members of the public.
A minute's silence was held as the names of the dead were read out.
The Coroner in the M5 crash inquest has dismissed the possibility that smoke from firework display caused the accident.
Some firework smoke carried over motorway - some lower level smoke carried in a different direction.
HSE, British Pyrotechnics Association and highways legislation has been examined - none contain a warning about risk from firework smoke in foggy conditions.
Coroner Michael Rose says "I was left with the impression that fireworks organiser Geoffrey Counsell was a competent operator who had been putting on displays for 20 years".
The coroner has begun summing up at the M5 inquest in Taunton. After listing the 7 dead, their ages and addresses the court has been hearing how each of the 34 vehicles was damaged.
Burning fuel is thought to have helped spread the fire. A diesel tank exploded knocking firemen off their feet as they tried to fight the flames. Exploding lorry tyres added to the noise.
The names of those who helped and details what they did at the crash have been given in court.
Kevin Faulkner was pinned by the legs but directed the emergency services to help others in more need - even though flames were spreading closer to him. He was rescued in time after others had been helped.
The M5 is currently closed in both directions due to a vehicle fire between J24 A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25 A358 (Taunton).
We've closed M5 N and S J24-25 due to a vehicle fire on southbound carriageway. Please find alternative routes.
A woman whose 13-year-old daughter was killed by a speeding driver says she hopes her death can be a warning to others. Amy Hofmeister died while cycling in Taunton three years ago. Now her mother Jane's campaign has won charitable status and she wants her message to go nationwide.
Leonard Jones was racing his girlfriend home from the pub when the crash happened. He was jailed for seven years. His girlfriend Leanne Burnell, who encouraged him, was sentenced to three and a half years.
The inquest into the deaths of seven people in a crash on the M5 in Somerset is likely to end today.
Evidence about the fatal pile-up near Taunton in November 2011 has been presented over almost three weeks. The Coroner Michael Rose is expected to give his verdict later.