Police say at least seven are dead and 51 injured in a blazing pile-up on the M5 motorway near Taunton, England. Onlookers to the crash witnessed a "massive fireball" and the BBC reports that it is feared that more than 10 people may have died in the crash that had taken place during heavy rain and patchy fog. The crash caused delays of up to five-and-a-half hours Friday night and emergency officials have described the crash as "one of the worst they have ever seen."
RT video shows the blazing inferno:
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The Telegraph writes that at least 20 cars and six "heavy goods lorries" were involved in the crash, which police said looked “more like a scene from Afghanistan”, as several cars were engulfed in flames.
ITN video following the crash:
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While the weather was said to have made driving extremely difficult, authorities have not yet released an official cause of the crash.
The Daily Mail notes that the accident is already the worst on British roads since 1991 when 10 people were killed and 25 injured in a huge pile-up on the M4 in Hungerford, Berkshire. England's Transport Secretary Justine Greening expressed sympathy with the families of victims, and thanked rescue workers and emergency staff who worked throughout the night to help the injured.
"The atmosphere among people waiting on the motorway is one of shock," said driver James Starkey to the BBC.