M5 crash victims named

A lorry driver that crashed into the back of a stationary bus carrying fruit-packers on the M5 has been named as William Mapstone, who was 65. The bus passenger killed was Liaquat Ali, who was 35. More than 20 others were injured.

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Bus passenger's family pay tribute to him

The family of Liaquat Ali, the bus passenger who died following Saturday's M5 crash have paid tribute to "a loving husband" and father.

In a statement released by West Midlands Police, they said:

"Our dad was tragically taken away from us while doing the job he so very much loved.

"We would very much like to thank the people who helped both us and Dad through such a tragic time, including all the emergency services that attended the scene to help Dad on the motorway to try and save him."


M5 crash coach not fitted with seatbelts

The bus, which was not fitted with seat-belts, was reported to have broken down in the nearside lane of the M5 before it was struck by the heavy goods vehicle.

Emergency workers at the scene of the crash near Frankley Services on the M5 in the West Midlands. Credit: PA

The driver's side of the lorry's cab was left embedded in the rear nearside of the coach following the collision, which also left debris strewn across the approach to the footbridge.

Signs warning road users of fog in the area had been active since 4.46am, but police declined to speculate whether low visibility was a contributory factor in the collision.

Second crash victim unnamed as yet

The deceased lorry driver was en route from Manchester to Devon when his Volvo vehicle struck the single-decker bus near to junction three of the M5 at Halesowen.

The driver, whose family had travelled from the south-west to be with him in hospital, has yet to be named by police.

A 35-year-old man from the Smethwick area who had been travelling on the bus was confirmed dead at the scene and another passenger remains in a critical condition.


Second death after yesterday's M5 crash

The driver of a lorry that crashed into the rear of a stationary bus carrying a party of fruit-pickers on the M5 has died in hospital, police have confirmed.

West Midlands Police said the 65-year-old haulier, from Somerset, passed away shortly after 9pm last night at a Birmingham hospital following the accident, which left one bus passenger dead and another critically ill.

A bus passenger was killed and more than 20 other people injured in the accident.

Statement from West Midlands police on M5 crash

A 49-year-old bus driver from Birmingham has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a dawn crash on the M5 this morning.

A 35-year-old Smethwick man died at the scene when the bus he was travelling in was struck by a lorry on the M5 near to junction three.

Two other men, a passenger on the bus and the lorry driver, were taken to hospital with serious injuries where they remain in a critical condition.

The arrested man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The single decker bus was not fitted with seatbelts.

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