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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."

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Police appeal after woman dies in M5 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died in a crash which caused the M5 to be closed for five hours.

It's after a Mercedes Van and a Mazda car collided on the southbound carriageway between junction seven near Worcester and junction eight at Strensham shortly after 10pm last night.

The driver of the Mazda car, a 63-year-old woman from the Gloucester area, died at the scene.

The Central Motorway Police Group is now investigating and are appealing for anyone who saw the crash to come forward.

Officers continue M5 crash investigation

"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."

– Inspector Mark Watkins, Collision Investigation Unit, West Midlands Police

Tributes from families of M5 crash victims

"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 Liaquat Ali

"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."

– The family of William Mapstone

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Excerpt from the statement of Harjit Singh, a 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."

– Harjit Singh, Director of Fusion Personnel Ltd
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