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Lorry Driver Dies In M5 Crash

Crash on M5 leaves two dead Photo: ITV West

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.

The driver of the bus, which was reported to have broken down amid thick fog in a "live" lane of the M5 near Frankley Services, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail.

More in-depth coverage on the M5 crash and video reports at ITV Central

A Somerset Lorry driver has died following a crash on the M5 Credit: ITV West

The 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 West Country to be with him in hospital, has yet to be named by police.

Another man who was travelling on the bus was also killed in the crash.

Police say specialist family liaison officers have been appointed and are supporting both families.

This tragic incident has now claimed its second life. Our thoughts remain with the friends and family of those who have died during this difficult time.

– Inspector John Thompson, Central Motorway Police Group

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