M5 crash deaths accused Geoffrey Counsell is bailed
- 12 November 2012
- From the section Somerset
A man has appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court charged with seven counts of manslaughter following a pile-up on the M5 in Somerset.
Seven people died and 51 were injured in the crash involving 34 vehicles.
Geoffrey Counsell, from Somerset, was the provider of a fireworks display in a field close to the motorway at Taunton Rugby Club on 4 November 2011.
The 50-year-old was remanded on bail and is due to appear before the city's crown court on 4 December.
Lorry drivers Terry Brice, from Patchway, South Gloucestershire, and Kye Thomas, from Gunnislake, Cornwall, died in the crash.
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, also died.