Young Academic would like to send its condolences to the families of anyone affected by the horrific car crash on the M5 last night. Police are still investigating Britain’s worst motorway accident for twenty years; the incident could even prove to be the darkest day in motorway history here in the United Kingdom.
Police spokespeople have said that black smoke, rumoured to have been caused by a local fireworks display in the Somerset area, is dominating the inquiry.
The scene has now been cleared of all vehicles, now confirmed as 34, and the death toll is not expected to rise from the figure of seven that had been reported in newspapers such as The Observer this morning. Now that the tragic fatalities have been confirmed, the authorities can put all of their resource into investigating the accident fully, which also injured 51 other individuals.
Eyewitness reports revealed people seeing fog or smoke over the carriageway before the accident occurred. Police are now attributing the most likely source of the bank of smoke to a fireworks display that was being held at Taunton rugby club. The venue is extremely close to the motorway and the volume and type of the fireworks being deployed seem to have made the driving conditions so hazardous. Unfortunately the club was not available for comment, but it had previously been established that the display had ended at approximately 8.15pm – around 10 minutes before the tragedy occurred.
Official incident commander, assistant chief constable Anthony Bangham, said of the accident; “What I am now able to say this afternoon is that our main line of inquiry has now moved towards the event that was on the side of the carriageway and we do believe that while there was fog and it was difficult conditions in the area, that actually from witness evidence there was very significant smoke across the carriageway that in effect caused a bank similar to a fog bank, which was very distracting and very difficult to drive through. We will be doing everything we can to find out as quickly as we’re able to what’s behind that.”