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Two lorry drivers confirmed among M5 crash fatalities

  • 07 November 2011

Two truck drivers have been confirmed among the seven fatalities from Friday’s (4 November) 34-strong vehicle pile-up on the M5 in Somerset.

The drivers were employed by Samworth Brothers, which produces Ginsters pasties and runs its distribution on an own-account basis. A third driver from the company is also confirmed to have been injured.

The Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire-based business told that two of its HGVs, one with a Ginsters livery and one in a Samworth Distribution livery, were caught up in the fatal incident, which took place around 8pm between junction 24 and 25 northbound on the M5 near Bridgwater.

Mark Samworth, director of Samworth Brothers, says: “The thoughts of everyone at Samworth Brothers are with the families and friends of all these individuals and others involved in this terrible incident. Our main priority at the moment is to offer as much support and help as needed to the families of those who have died and to the injured driver and his family. It is also a very difficult time for other colleagues at Samworth Brothers Distribution and we are ensuring our people are being well supported.”

Four other HGVs were also involved in the crash: two DHL Supply Chain trucks (one in an Iceland livery and one in a Sainsbury’s livery); one TNT lorry; and one trailer owned by JB Wheaton Sons (hauled by a third party). None of the drivers were seriously injured.

 The cause of the vehicle pile-up has yet to be confirmed, and a full investigation is currently underway. Avon and Somerset Constabulary says: “”This incident caused a significant amount of damage to the highway; a stretch of 40m of road was damaged by fuel spillage from vehicles and a stretch of 60m was damaged by intense fire. Investigations continue at this time, however, statements from eye witnesses indicate that a significant line of inquiry indicates smoke on the carriageway.”

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