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M5 crash inquest: Coroner records conclusion into deaths
Updated 6:04pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014 in News
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A MINUTE'S silence was held at the end of the hearing, when Michael Rose read out the names of the seven people who died in the pile-up.
OUTSIDE the court, Tonia White, whose parents Tony and Pamela Adams died in the accident, welcomed the findings of the inquest.
She said: "The Coroner has recommended are a big positive step forward - it's about moving on and making sure this doesn't happen to anybody else.
"We want to see things like licensing of firework displays and the literature to be changed to include the visibility issues.
"The Coroner has just summed it up for us in a lot of ways."
THE Coroner concluded that the seven people died as a result of a road traffic collision after the vehicles they were travelling in entered an area of reduced visibility.
THE M5 crash was one of the worst in motorway history.
But there have been two worse tragedies in Taunton in the last 100 years.
Mr Rose told the inquest that the fireman and 26 passengers died when a sleeper train crashed shortly after leaving Taunton Station on November 4, 1940, exactly 71 years before the M5 pile-up.
And nine died when a sleeper train derailed on the track beside Bindon Road.
MICHAEL Rose has ordered a number of organisations to meet him to discuss ways or preventing a similar accident happening again.
He will hear from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Health and Safety Executive, the Highways Agency, British Pyrotechnic Association and Taunton Deane Council to discuss what steps should be taken.
Among issues on the agenda at the meeting in Taunton on Tuesday, June 10 will be:
*the education of pyrotechnic operators about the problems of operating in foggy conditions.
*whether or not distances from major roads should be laid down for holding public firework displays.
*whether or not licensing public firework displays is necessary.
*if immediate action should be taken by the Highways Agency to provide visibility detection devices in view of the fact they had previously identified the M5 motorway north of Taunton as a fog risk area and south as a high risk fog area.
SMOKE from a fireworks display at Taunton Rugby Club did not cause an area of reduced visibility leading up to the tragic accident, West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose ruled.
But he did not exclude the possibility that it may have added to the intensity of the obscuration.
The coroner is expected to give his conclusion this afternoon. Initially, it was due shortly after noon but it was adjourned due to an earlier incident which forced the closure of the M5.
WEST Somerset Coroner Michael Rose is today (April 17) set to give his conclusion at the inquest into the deaths of seven people in one of the UK’s worst motorway accidents.
Mr Rose will rule on how they died in a 34-vehicle pile-up on the M5 at Taunton on November 4, 2011, at the hearing at Shire Hall in Taunton.
The court took evidence from several witnesses during an eight-day hearing at the town’s Shire Hall that lasted until Wednesday last week.
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