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Coach driver pleads guilty to death by dangerous driving

A coach driver has pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving following an accident on the M5 in March last year which killed two and injured 41 people.

Jasminder Dhesi, 50, from Great Barr, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court earlier today, he was released on bail and will be sentenced on 12th February.

The accident happened in the early hours of Saturday 24 March 2012 when a lorry hit a coach on the southbound carriageway near to junction three in thick fog.

Sergeant Chris Jones, said:

“Mr Dhesi’s coach was not roadworthy on the day of the crash and he should not have been driving it.

“He had already broken down on two occasions before the collision happened and had managed to pull over onto the hard shoulder and get the vehicle moving again.

“Despite the fog and the unreliability of the coach he carried on with the journey, but came unstuck on the third breakdown, when there was no hard shoulder to pull over on to.

“The broken down coach came to a stop in a live lane of traffic, when it was hit by Mr Mapstone’s lorry."