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Motorist describes M5 crash horror in Somerset
A MOTORIST caught up in the aftermath of last night's horrifying M5 crash in Somerset has described a scene of "complete carnage".
Ambulance crews were dispatched at around 8.20pm after initial reports that up to 25 vehicles may have been involved in a collision, which is believed to have begun when a vehicle hit the central reservation near junction 22 for Burnham.
When paramedics arrived, they discovered five vehicles had been involved, but incredibly only one person suffered serious injuries.
Jazz musician Phil Kent was returning from London to his home in Lydeard St Lawrence with his wife and two children when they passed the scene of the accident.
Mr Kent said: “It was a horrific sight.
“Vehicles were upside down, strewn everywhere.
“We saw several vehicles in a state of complete carnage. I'm glad I didn't see it in the daylight; it would have affected me for the rest of my life.”
Police closed the M5 southbound up to Weston while they dealt with the incident, which caused tailbacks for several hours.
The ambulance service said crews arriving at the scene initially feared they might be dealing with an incident similar to the one they faced on November 4, 2011, on the M5 near Taunton, when seven people died and many others were injured after a multi-vehicle collision.
The spokesman said: “The initial reports were that quite a number of vehicles had been involved, between five and 25 vehicles.
“Given that information, we sent a critical care paramedic with a rapid response vehicle; they are specially trained for this kind of incident.
“We also had our hazardous area response team, a doctor, and two full ambulances.”
On arrival, crews discovered five vehicles were involved, and there were seven people needing medical attention.
The spokesman added: “Four were checked over and discharged from the scene. We took three to hospital.
"One went to Frenchay in Bristol. He was a man with traumatic injuries not to be life threatening.
“We took another man and a woman from another vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital as a precaution.
“We were very lucky this was not a much more serious incident.”
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