M5 crash: trial continues

The organiser of a fireworks display held on the evening of a fatal motorway crash near Taunton is charged with failing to ensure the safety of others.

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Crash site becomes focus

The jury in the M5 crash trial have been visiting the scene of the accident, where seven people died.

The pile-up has been described as one of the worst motorway crashes in British history.

Today focus turned to Taunton rugby club, where the man accused of failing to ensure the safety of others, organised a fireworks display that night.

Rebecca Broxton reports.

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Pictured: site of fireworks display on night of M5 crash

A pitch at Taunton Rugby Club, with the M5 bridge in the distance. Credit: ITV News

The picture shows Taunton Rugby Club, site of a fireworks display on the night of the fatal M5 crash, which happened nearby. The prosecution allege that smoke from the display contributed to the crash, in which 7 people died.

The display organiser, Geoffrey Counsell, is accused of failing to ensure the safety of others. He denies the charge.

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Drivers 'disorientated' by fireworks smog

The organiser of a fireworks display, near the scene where seven people died in a crash on the M5, has gone on trial.

Geoffrey Counsell denies failing to ensure the safety of others following the tragedy near Taunton two years ago.

The pile-up was described as one of the worst motorway crashes in British history.

Today the prosecution said conditions gave vehicles no chance of stopping.

One driver described it as 'like having a tin of paint thrown over your windscreen.'

From Bristol Crown Court, here's David Woodland.

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