Calls flood in over motorway carnage

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Police have had almost 200 calls from members of the public offering information about the crash on the M5 last Friday which killed seven people and injured 51.

Avon and Somerset Police said the public response had been “huge” as the inquests opened into the deaths of those killed in the crash in Somerset and their bodies were released for burial.

Lorry drivers Terry Brice, from Patchway, South Gloucestershire, and Kye Thomas, from Gunnislake, Cornwall, died in the crash, alongside father and daughter Michael and Maggie Barton, from Windsor, Berkshire, grandparents Anthony and Pamela Adams, from Newport, South Wales, and battle re-enactor Malcolm Beacham, from Woolavington, near Bridgwater.

Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour, who is leading the police investigation, said: “We are working hard to speak with everyone as quickly as possible, however we need to do so sensitively because some have been injured and understandably are deeply distressed by what they saw.”

The inquest heard several of the victims had to be identified by their dental records.

Mr Brice, 55, was the passenger in a Ginsters lorry owned by the firm’s parent company, Leicestershire-based food producer Samworth Brothers.

Mr Thomas, a 38-year-old ex-soldier who was married with four children, was driving a Samworth liveried lorry, while Mr Adams, 73, was driving a grey Skoda Fabia, with his wife, 70, as passenger.

Wheelchair-bound Mr Barton and his daughter were the rear seat passengers in a blue M-Reg Ford Fiesta registered to a friend of Chris Barbull, the driver of the car and the fiance of Miss Barton’s sister Emma, who remains seriously ill in hospital.

Mr Beecham, the event co-ordinator of medieval re-enactment group The Company Of Chivalry, was the sole occupant of a car belonging to his employer, Calor.