M5 crash deaths: Geoffrey Counsell trial to start Monday

M5 crash scene
Image caption Seven people died and 51 were injured in the pile-up involving 34 vehicles

The organiser of a fireworks display held on the night of a fatal pile-up on the M5 motorway will go on trial on Monday.

Geoffrey Counsell, 51, from Ashill, Somerset, was operating the display in a field close to the motorway, at Taunton Rugby Club.

Seven people died in the pile-up on 4 November 2011.

Mr Counsell, who denies failing to ensure the safety of others, will face a jury at Bristol Crown Court.

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.

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