South Wales couple among M5 victims

An elderly south Wales couple have been named locally as being among the seven people killed in a motorway crash on Friday evening.

Anthony and Pamela Adams, from Newport, south Wales, were killed in a 34-vehicle pile-up on the M5 in Somerset. Some 51 people were injured in what was one of the worst British motorway collisions in memory.

Tributes were paid to the pair, who were described by neighbour and close friend Doreen Martin, 88, as "a lovely couple".

Their death was announced by the Reverend Andrew Willie to the congregation at St Mark's Church, where the couple attended.

"The vicar made the announcement this morning. It's such a shock," said Ms Martin.

Avon and Somerset Police have not confirmed the identities of any of the other victims.

Police are looking into a fireworks event at Taunton Rugby Club, after witnesses reported "significant smoke" across the carriageway that was "impossible to drive through". The rugby club announced in a statement that it was "working closely with Avon and Somerset police to assist with their investigations".

A road policing investigation has also been launched.

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