– Inspector Mark Watkins, Collision Investigation Unit, West Midlands Police
"Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision on the M5. Enquiries centre on the weather conditions at the time of the collision and how the bus came to be stationary in the carriageway. Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw the bus travelling along the M5 prior to the collision."
– The family of Liaquat Ali
"Liaquat was theloving husband of Fozia Shaheen and was the father of two sons and a daughter - Shafqat Ali aged 9, Mohammed Owais Ali aged 2 and Kashish Eman aged 6. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends and also leaves behind three brothers."
– The family of William Mapstone
"Our dad wastragically taken away from us while doing the job he so very much loved. Wewould very much like to thank the people who helped both us and dad throughsuch a tragic time including all the emergency services that attended the sceneto help dad on the motorway to try and save him."
Liaquat Ali was a passenger on the bus and died at the scene.
Lorry driver William Mapstone died in hospital.
– Harjit Singh, Director of Fusion Personnel Ltd
"I was shocked when I heard the tragic news that the Company employees were involved in an Accident. My thoughts and sympathy are with the family of the deceased. He had worked for the Company for 8-9 years. I knew him very well and feel for members of his family some of whom also worked for the Company. He was well liked and valued member. The Company will assist his family in anyway we can. My primary concern at the present is also with all of those injured whilst travelling in the Coach and were involved in this tragic accident."
Insp John Thompson from Central Motorway Police Group Appeals said they would like to hear from anyone with information.
The man, who is not being named at this time, died in hospital just after 9pm last night. He was 65 and from Somerset. His family had travelled from their home in the Southwest to attend hospital. A third man remains in a critical condition in hospital. He was a passenger on the bus.