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M5 reopens following fatal fire

The M5 re-opened about 9pm last night between junctions 24 and 25 in Somerset following a devastating accident that caused a 34-car pile up, which killed seven people.

Closures were put in place on Friday night following the accident on the northbound carriageway. The fire caused significant damage to highway with a 40m stretch of road damaged by fuel spillage from vehicles and a 60m stretch damaged by intense fire.

Engineers have re-surfaced a 100m stretch of the northbound carriageway following the accident, and assessed a nearby bridge to be structurally sound. A Highways Agency spokesman said that barrier repairs were ongoing.

Avon and Somerset police are investigating whether a firework display at Taunton Rugby Club close to the M5 could have caused a smoke cloud, which could have triggered the crash.

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