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UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash

At least seven dead and dozens injured in fireball after multiple-car crash in the UK

UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
Emergency crews worked through the night to free victims of a horror pile-up near junction 25 of the M5 motorway on November 5, 2011 (Source: Getty Images)
UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
At least seven people were killed and 51 injured after a fireball erupted after the crash, said to have involved more than 30 vehicles
UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
There were fears the death toll would reach double figures, potentially making the motorway crash the worst in British history
UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
Eyewitnesses reported how the crash triggered a massive explosion that could be seen miles away
UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
Rescue workers said extensive work had been carried out to identify the victims and their families caught in the pile-up.
UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
The tragedy is likely to renew the debate about motorway safety. It comes just weeks after the UK government announced plans to raise the speed limit to 80mph
UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
The stretch of the M5 where the latest tragedy occurred is not considered a traffic blackspot. Police were investigating the possibility that thick, patchy fog had rapidly descended on the motorway, cutting visibility
UK fears death toll may rise after horror motorway crash
A fireman passes a burnt out lorry as emergency services continue to attend the scene of a multiple fatal collision near Junction 25 on the M5 motorway