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Motorway 'Fireball' Crash Leaves Several Dead | Darren Lewis photographer
An unconfirmed number of people have been killed and as many as 43 injured in a collision involving 27 vehicles on the M5 motorway in Somerset. Some 20 light vehicles and seven articulated lorries were involved in the smash on the motorway close to junction 25 near Taunton at around 8.30pm last night. An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said that "some" people had "tragically lost their lives". A spokesperson for Musgrove Park Hospital said at least 16 people were being treated for "a range of trauma injuries", some of which are said to be "life changing". At least four people who were trapped were cut free by firefighters. A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service described it as "the worst road traffic collision anyone can remember". Video footage from the scene showed several vehicles engulfed in flames and debris strewn across the road. A number of burning lorries were also on their side. Firefighters were seen trying to pry open car doors to reach those trapped