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Man who caused coach carrying 70 passengers to overturn banned from driving

The coach overturned near March. Credit: @FenCops

A man who caused a coach carrying around 70 passengers to overturn into a ditch in Cambridgeshire has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

36-year-old Shahid Malik from Peterborough was driving another vehicle last October when the coach had to swerve to avoid him on the A141 near March.

22 people were injured in the incident. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's believed the coach was carrying Eastern European workers and the road had to be shut for much of the morning rush hour.

22 people were injured as a result of the crash, with one woman in her 50s suffering serious injuries.

Five people in total were taken to Peterborough City Hospital.

Police say the incident could have been even worse. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Malik has since pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and has been sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 18 months, 200 hours of unpaid work and been disqualified from driving for 12 months.

He will also have to re-sit his driving test.

This incident affected a lot of people and could have quite easily resulted in much more damage and devastation.

Dangerous driving is a serious offence and the sentence reflects this.

– PC Sean Redman