U.K’s Worst Ever Motorway Smash - Video


A 27-vehicle pile-up on the M5 motorway near Taunton has sparked explosions and an inferno, leaving numerous people dead (no official number yet) and around 40 injured, at least ten with life threatening injuries.

At least 21 cars and six heavy goods lorries were involved in the crash.

50 firefighters battled to free people who were trapped in the wreckage of their vehicles and the road would be closed for up to 24 hours. Drivers had faced heavy fog and wet weather conditions.




  1. Matt says:

    Given the standard of driving evidenced on NZ roads, the only thing standing between us and a tragedy like this is that we mostly don’t have such atrocious weather.

  2. James says:

    The police just said up to 16 people could have died…Hope this never happens here or anywhere else in the world. These kind of accidents remember us to think about how we drive.

  3. BD says:

    This is where the UK went wrong, it build way to many motorways over the past 50 or so years, which encourage vehicles to travel faster and attracts trucks. This will happen if NZ builds to many motorways, NZ always seem to encourage growth for growth sake not even taking the environment and quality of life into consideration more to do with wanting to repeat the same mistakes other countries have made because the government feels that NZ needs to go through this in order to learn, what a load of BS.

  4. Alphatron says:

    Despite the probable number of deaths that seem to have occurred in this accident, it is fairly likely, based on previous experience, that there wont be much in the way of investigation or inquiry into the accident. However if the same number of fatalities had occurred in a rail accident, then there would probably be royal commissions etc. The usual double standards will probably apply

  5. Martin says:


    The speed limit in the UK is about the same as NZ, just in miles instead of kms (70 miles, just over 110km). The UK is significantly slower then continental Europe or the states.


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