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Coroner: Fireworks smoke not to blame for M5 crash

The Coroner in the M5 crash inquest has dismissed the possibility that smoke from the nearby firework display at Taunton Rugby Club caused the accident.

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Coroner: Reduced visibility caused M5 crash

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.

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