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20 July 2013
NPT CBC warned of road fire risk

Warning to NPT CBC about road fire risk

Concern has been expressed about the risk of road side fires on the A465 to GlynNeath and the Fabian Way route to Swansea due to the long uncut grass on the kerb sides and central barriers coinciding with the current hot spell of weather, making the grass tinder dry.

It would only take a lighted cigarette end carelessly thrown from a car to set off a major disaster causing smoke to blow accross the carriageways.

On 4 November 2011 a multiple-vehicle collision occurred on the M5 motorway near Taunton, Somerset, in South West England. The crash was caused by smoke on the motorway involved dozens of cars and articulated lorries, and a large fireball ensued.

Seven people were killed and 51 others were injured, making the pile-up the deadliest on a British motorway since 1993.

The disaster resulted from a fireworks display for Guy Fawkes Night in a field adjacent to the motorway.   The incident reavealed how smoke near a roadway can cause a motor pile-up.

NPT CBC are urged to take action before their apparent negligence has very serious consequences.

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