- West Country (E)
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.
An explosives expert tells an inquest he has been unable to find any literature warning of the dangers of smoke from fireworks to drivers.
Drivers have told an inquest of their horror at being involved in one of the worst British motorway pile-ups in living memory.
Witnesses have been describing the driving conditions at the inquest into the deaths of seven people who died after a pile-up on the M5.