At least 7 killed, more feared trapped in UK road crash

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At least seven people were killed and 51 injured in a major British motorway crash, with more casualties thought to be trapped in their vehicles, police said Saturday.

The 34-vehicle pile-up late Friday on the M5 motorway near Taunton, southwest England, sparked explosions and an inferno, with lines of cars and trucks engulfed in flames.

"This is a horrific scene," Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary told reporters on a bridge over the motorway.

"I'm now able to confirm that we've had a collision involving 34 vehicles, many of which are burnt -- and burnt literally to the ground.

"I am also able to confirm that we've got 51 casualties, many of those have gone to hospital.

"Sadly I can now confirm that we believe we've had at least seven people die as a result of this incident.

"We fear that that number will rise as the day continues and we carry out an extensive search of vehicles on the carriageway at the scene."

While casualties have been taken to two nearby hospitals, Bangham said others may still be trapped.

"We believe that people are still trapped in those vehicles. We just fear that certain vehicles may still have people trapped," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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