A bus driver who broke down on the M5 has today been sent to prison after failing a breath test. A lorry driver and bus passenger died.
West Midlands Police are continuing to investigate a collision on the M5 in the West Midlands.
The driver of a lorry that crashed into the rear of a bus carrying a party of fruit-pickers on the M5 near Birmingham has died in hospital.
A coach driver has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving following a collision on the M5 in March this year.
It happened around 6.25am on Saturday 24 March when a lorry collided with a single decker bus on the southbound carriageway near to junction three.
A 35-year-old coach passenger died at the scene and a 65-year-old lorry driver died in hospital.
The 50-year-old driver from the Great Barr area will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday 2 October.
– 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.