‘Loving’ father remembered by family after dying in fatal M5 accident

Rod Walsh was killed in the accident last Thursday. Picture: Walsh family/Avon and Somerset Constabu

Rod Walsh was killed in the accident last Thursday. Picture: Walsh family/Avon and Somerset Constabulary - Credit: Walsh family/Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A ‘gentle’ and ‘fun-loving family man’ has been remembered by his family after he died in last week’s M5 crash.

Rod Walsh, aged 54, died in the incident which happened near junction 25 (Taunton) on the motorway on Thursday morning.

In a tribute, his family said: “The family of Rod Walsh would like to express their sadness at losing a gentle, fun-loving family man who was a fabulous husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many who loved him dearly in return.

“Rod, who was born in New Inn, Panteg in South Wales, lived in Cheddar with his wife Ceri and two young children.

“He was a committed member of St Andrew’s Church in Cheddar and also an active member of STARR amateur theatrical group.

“We will all miss his laughter, love of life, kindness and loyalty.”

Rob had worked for the NHS for 38 years.

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His wife Ceri was also in the car which was involved in the crash between a heavy goods vehicle and a number of cars.

She is still being treated for her injuries at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and is in a stable condition.

The family added: “The family would like to thank all the emergency services which attended the scene and also members of the public who tried to assist Rod and Ceri after the incident.

“They now ask you to respect their privacy in this period of loss and any questions or enquires to be directed to the police press office.”

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit still continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident where a woman in her 40s also died.

Inspector Frazer Davey said: “Our thoughts remain with Rod’s family and friends during what is undoubtedly a difficult time for them as well as with Ceri as she recovers from her injuries.

“Specially trained officers continue to support both families affected and are keeping them fully updated on our investigation.

“We are still keen to talk to those who were on the carriageway at the time of the collision who we haven’t yet spoken to.

“We know there were a significant number of people trying to exit the junction and we really need them to contact us so that we can understand exactly how this tragic incident happened.”

If you witnessed the collision, or have dash cam footage of it, contact the Collision Investigation Unit via 101 providing the call handler with the reference CI/174/18.