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Tributes paid to woman who died in M5 crash

Joanne has been described as a loving mother, wife, sister, auntie and nanny. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The family of a woman who died in a collision on the M5 has paid tribute to her.

Joanne Jennings, 45, from Highbridge, died in the crash near junction 25 for Taunton, which happened at about 8.30am on Thursday, 13 September.

Joanne was a loving mother, wife, sister, auntie and nanny.

She was always filled with joy and happiness, laughing and smiling as she went about her day.

She will be sadly missed by family and friends and has a place in many people’s hearts.”

– Joanne Jennings' Family

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Lucky escape after Land Rover overturns on M5

Lucky escape for the two passengers of this Land Rover Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Two people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning.

A Land Rover collided with a Ford Transit van near Bridgwater at around 8.55am.

The Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway.

A 60-year-old woman, who was driving the Land Rover, and a man who was in the passenger seat, have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

This Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the Land Rover, as the safety barrier did its job and stopped the vehicle from plunging down a vertical drop of about 160ft.

– PC Owen Davies, Roads Policing Unit

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Lucky escape after Land Rover overturns on M5

Lucky escape for the two passengers of this Land Rover Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Two people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning.

A Land Rover collided with a Ford Transit van near Bridgwater at around 8.55am.

The Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway.

A 60-year-old woman, who was driving the Land Rover, and a man who was in the passenger seat, have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

This Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the Land Rover, as the safety barrier did its job and stopped the vehicle from plunging down a vertical drop of about 160ft.

– PC Owen Davies, Roads Policing Unit

M5 crash coroner suggests rules for firework displays

The aftermath of the crash on the M5 on bonfire night in 2011 Credit: ITV News West Country

A senior coroner in Somerset has written to the Department of Transport, suggesting new rules for firework displays near motorways.

Following the fatal pile-up on the M5 at Taunton, Michael Rose is calling for various new measures including more detailed risk assessments of geographical features, wind conditions and humidity.

Seven people died in the crash in 2011.

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Bereaved relatives meet fireworks officials following inquest into M5 crash in Somerset

Relatives of those who died in the M5 crash in Somerset have met officials from the fireworks industry to suggest how safety can be improved. Seven people died in the accident - which the inquest concluded was caused by dense fog, with smoke from fireworks possibly a contributing factor.

Today the coroner put his suggestions to experts, before making final recommendations on how to prevent future incidents.

Coroner hears expert advice following M5 crash

The West Somerset coroner is hearing advice on how to prevent a repeat of the crash on the M5 near Taunton, in which seven people died.

Michael Rose previously concluded that the accident was caused by dense fog, and that smoke from fireworks may have been a contributory factor, but was not the prime cause of the incident. He'll make safety recommendations after listening to the evidence of experts.

British Pyrotechnics Group say fireworks operators are now trained to take into account the risks of smoke when there is high humidity.

7 people died and 51 people were injured in the crash on November 4th 2011. 34 vehicles were involved.

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