M5 crash case dismissed

A Judge has dismissed the case against Geoffrey Counsell. The fireworks organiser was accused of failing to ensure the safety of others when he put on a display near the M5 in Taunton. 7 people died in a large crash on the same night.

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Local MP reaction

This brings to a legal end the terrible events of two years ago.

But the families affected will live with the consequences of that appalling night forever.

Although the evidence did not support a prosecution, one legacy of what happened should still be a continued effort to improve road safety.

Britain has low casualty rates compared to other European countries, but I have written to the Transport Secretary asking him to consider what more can be done to improve visibility and remove distractions along our motorway network.

– Taunton Deane MP, Jeremy Browne

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