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Lorry driver admits dangerous driving after steam engine fell onto bus

The scene of the crash back in September 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A lorry driver has admitted dangerous driving after a steam engine on the back of his vehicle came loose and crashed into a bus, seriously injuring six people in Essex.

Philip Last, 53, of Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, was driving along East Mersea Road in West Mersea in September 2015, when the steam engine fell from his low loader.

He pleaded guilty to six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on the first day of his trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Judge David Goodin told Last: "Your negligence in securing your load had obviously very grave consequences. At the forefront of my mind is an immediate custodial sentence."

The case was adjourned until March 22nd.

M11 reopens after multi-vehicle crash

The M11 has now re-opened Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England say the M11 in Essex has fully reopened folllowing a major crash earlier today.

It's thought four cars and two lorries were involved in the accident on the southbound carriageway between J8 and J9 near Stansted Airport.

The crash led to lengthy delays. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man was flown to hospital with what is believed to be serious injuries.

The southbound carriageway was closed for a number of hours leading to lengthy delays.

Farage trying to force out Essex Ukip MP

The former Ukip leader Nigel Farage says the party should kick out its only MP, Douglas Carswell who represents Clacton in Essex, calling him a "Tory Party posh boy."

Mr Farage has accused Mr Carswell of trying to damage the party. The Clacton MP is meeting the Ukip chairman for talks. on Tuesday.

Arron Banks Credit: PA

The major Ukip donor Arron Banks has confirmed he is ready to stand against Mr Carswell in the next general election.

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