The M5 crash is one of the worst in the history of British roads, with the number of dead expected to rise above the seven confirmed. Here are the previous worst road accidents:
27 May 1975: A 45-seater coach carrying pensioners comes off a bridge in North Yorkshire, killing 33 people, in Britain’s worst-ever road accident.
17 November 1993: A crash on the M40 leaves 12 children and their teacher dead. A minibus transporting them home from a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London veers into the back of a maintenance truck.
21 October 1985: A coach collides with traffic at a standstill because of construction work on the M6, killing 13 people.
28 October 1987: A diesel tank truck collides with stationary traffic on the M61 motorway near Preston, Lancashire, killing 12 people and injuring six.
March 13 1991: 10 people are killed and 25 injured in a 51-car pile-up on the M4 near Hungerford after a van skids into the central barrier in heavy fog during the morning rush hour.