Maybe it was a seconds inattention by a motorist, maybe it was another reason, but we have seen that even on England's fine motorways, you are never safe from being involved in a horrendous accident.
We in Melbourne are certainly not immune from spectacular and multiple fatality crashes either.
My only experience of English motorways was driving on the M6, the motorway north to Glasgow, for a few hours, return from Carlisle to Preston. I can't imagine there could be safer roads in the world than the M6.
English motorists treat motorways and fellow motorists with respect and they are a pleasure to drive on at the 70mph (112km/h) limit where you sit in the middle lane and rarely need to change lanes. Of course this all falls apart once off the motorway where English politeness kicks in and everyone tries to give way to everyone else, resulting in very slow traffic movement. My advice to Australians contemplating driving in England is to forget their Australian ways and go with the much more relaxed English manner of driving.
But when reading a report of the Somerset multi vehicle pile up, I noticed that England is about to increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph (129km/h). Oh, that is not great timing.
On the face of it, it seems much more dangerous to travel what is nearly 30km/h faster than we do on our highways and most freeways. Certainly if something goes wrong, it is going to have a much worse result at the higher speed.
I would argue that it is less likely for there to be crashes at the higher speed. Who hasn't driven on a highly engineered Australian freeway at 100km/h and wondered why you can't go faster and then a high level of boredom overcomes you. Even our few freeways that have 110 limits can get boring. I will go for 120 limits on our country freeways, and 110 on many of the rest and see what the crash statistics show up.