Monday 10th March 1997
Possibly the biggest motorway crash in Britain occurred on the M42 motorway near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in central England. Three people were killed and more than 60 others were injured in the crash in dense fog. The crash happened around 6:20 a.m. as a lorry, driven by David Fairclough of Wednesfield, entered the M42 from a slip-road at a speed of 56 mph and, after slowing to 32 mph, rammed into the rear of a tanker, which then struck a car in front and exploded. The ensuing pile-up involved 160 vehicles on a 400-yard stretch of the motorway, including 30 on the opposite carriageway 20 minutes later.