A bus driver who admitted causing the deaths of two people by dangerous driving has tonight been jailed for six years. Jasminder Dhesi drove the bus in fog on a motorway and broke down three times.
A lorry crashed into the back of him when he came to a halt near Frankley Service on the M5. Birmingham Crown Court was told he had been drinking and gave a positive breath test. He also had a previous conviction for crashing a coach after alcohol.
The lorry driver who hit the bus from behind died. A passenger at the back of the bus also lost his life.
– Inspector Mark Watkins, Collision Investigation Unit
This sentence today brings to an end a comprehensive and complicated ten month investigation.
Jasminder Dhesi made a fatal error when he took a coach full people onto the motorway knowing there were serious mechanical faults on the vehicle.
His criminal error of judgement in going onto the M5 in thick fog led to the inevitable loss of two lives, caused a man to remain in hospital to this day, and left 39 others with injuries.
I hope today’s sentencing offers some comfort to the families of those who died and suffered injuries in this collision.
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