A FATHER was killed and a mother and two children are fighting for their lives after a crash on the M5 near Bristol.
The father was among four people who died when a lorry travelling south on the motorway on Saturday smashed through the central reservation and hit vehicles coming in the opposite direction. Police interviewed the lorry driver under caution as a seven-mile stretch of the northbound carriageway remained closed yesterday.
The force of the collision flattened at least two cars and flipped another on to its roof, witnesses said.
Motorists pulled casualties including children from the wrecked cars before they burst into flames.
‘One car was upside down and there were two people in there, and we tried to help,’ said Daniel Stevenson. ‘I thought they might have died but they regained consciousness. The car was on fire. People had taken fire extinguishers from caravans and were putting out the fire. There were children there as well who had head injuries but they got out alive.’
Royal Marine Alex Morgan, 27, said: ‘I’ve seen some dark things, but you never expect to see something like this in the UK.’ He said the children in the wrecked car were in tears, adding: ‘We got them out straight away so that they could get some treatment, and to calm them down.’ Police described the scene of the crash between Almondsbury and Thornbury, south Gloucestershire, as ‘harrowing’.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said emergency personnel had been working tirelessly. He added: ‘I’d also like to thank members of the public who courageously went to the aid of those involved.’