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Lorry Driver Dies After Coach Crash

Coach and Lorry collision on M5 West Midlands Photo: ITV Central

The driver of a lorry that crashed into the rear of a stationary bus carrying a party of fruit-pickers on the M5 near Birmingham has died in hospital, police have confirmed.

West Midlands Police said the 65-year-old haulier, from Somerset, passed away shortly after 9pm last night following the accident, which left one bus passenger dead and another critically ill.

The driver of the bus was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail.

Recovery work on M5 Credit: ITV Central

The lorry driver was en route from Manchester to Devon when his Volvo vehicle struck the single-decker bus near to junction three of the M5 at Halesowen.

The driver, whose family had travelled from the West Country to be with him in hospital, has yet to be named by police.

Another man who was travelling on the bus was also killed in the crash.

Police say specialist family liaison officers have been appointed and are supporting both families.

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