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M5 fireworks crash inquest will resume next year

By cfayfineran  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

M5 fireworks crash inquest will resume next year

M5 fireworks crash inquest will resume next year

The inquest into the deaths of seven people killed in the pile-up on the M5 in November 2011 is to begin next year, following the collapse of the trial of fireworks boss Graham Counsell.

Michael Rose, the coroner for West Somerset, has confirmed the start date of March 31.

The case against Mr Counsell on a health-and-safety charge was thrown out at Bristol Crown Court this week, after the judge rules that the prosecution case was “based on hindsight”.

The seven killed in the crash, which took place in thick fog near Taunton Rugby Club, where a fireworks display was taking place on November 4, are Anthony and Pamela Adams, Maggie and Michael Barton, Malcolm Beacham, Terry Brice and Kye Thomas.

Mr Counsell hit out at the authorities who brought the case against him – as well as a manslaughter charge that was dropped – saying he was “easy to blame”.

 
 

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