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
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.
The lorry driver killed in a crash on the M5 near Birmingham on Saturday has been named as 65-year-old William Mapstone from Wells in Somerset. Family tributes have been paid to Mr Mapstone and Liaquat Ali who also died in the crash, you can read them on the West Midlands Police website.
Police investigators are trying to work out what caused a crash which left a Somerset lorry driver dead.The 65 year old was driving to Devon on the M5 when he hit a bus near Birmingham. Two people were killed and 20 injured. A man's been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Just some advance warning that the M5 northbound in Somerset is closed from 9 tonight, tomorrow and Friday for resurfacing work. That's between junction 23 for Bridgwater North and 22 for Burnham on Sea. It'll reopen at 5 in the morning.