04/11/2011 19:18 GMT | Updated 04/01/2012 05:12 GMT

M5 Crash: Several Killed And Dozens Injured In 'Fireball' Pile-Up In Somerset

Several people have reportedly been killed in huge crash on the M5 motorway near junction 25 close to Taunton in Somerset.

Sky is reporting that “20 light vehicles and six articulated lorries were involved in the crash”, which happened at around 8.30pm.

The motorway has been shut in both directions between junctions 23 to 26.

According to a police spokesman: “There are reports of between 25 and 30 injuries, 10 are believed to be life changing and it is believed that people have lost their lives.”

According to Sky, Somerset and Avon Police have confirmed "several fatalities".

Four of the vehicles are reported to be on fire, including a lorry. People have had to be cut out of some of the vehicles.

The cause of the accident is unknown, though conditions were reportedly bad with fog and flooding.

The roads were busy due to the nearby Bridgewater festival.

Chief Inspector Paul Mogg said: "All emergency services are on the scene doing as much as they can to continue the rescue operation and to treat those who are injured.

"There are large tailbacks at present and we would urge all to avoid the area for the next 24 hours at least."

More to follow...