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Bin lorry driver jailed after school trip coach crash

Holly Brown died in a crash involving a minibus and a bin lorry Credit: ITV News/ Facebook

The driver of a bin lorry has been jailed for three years and four months, after admitting to causing the death of a teenage girl.

Nicholas Buck pleaded guilty last month to causing death by dangerous driving after a crash in July last year.

Holly Brown, who was 14 and a twin, died at the scene after Buck's lorry crashed into a minibus which was carrying children from a school in Staffordshire. The crash happened on the A38 in Castle Vale in Birmingham on July 7th.

Nicholas Buck, pictured leaving Birmingham Magistrates Court in March 2018 Credit: BPM Media
Holly Brown Credit: Family handout

Holly, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was among a group of pupils and teachers from the Barton-under-Needwood school travelling on the bus as part of an art trip.

Buck was also disqualified from driving for five years and eight months at Birmingham Crown Court today.

Holly Brown Credit: West Midlands Police

Holly's family had previously paid tribute to "their beautiful daughter and twin sister":

“Holly, our beautiful daughter and twin sister to Emma, we are so proud of what you achieved. You grasped every opportunity that life presented to you, displaying so much passion, enthusiasm and determination in pursuit of your dreams.

All this without forgetting to care about people, being there for others and having time for those that needed it."We will miss you so much but you will always be in our thoughts, hearts and prayers."Love Mum, Dad and Emma xxx".

– Holly's family

“A young girl tragically lost her life as a result of dangerous driving. Holly had her whole life ahead of her and this sentence should serve as a reminder of the importance of taking care on the road.

Although this result will never bring Holly back, I sincerely hope her family find some comfort knowing Buck is behind bars and we continue to do all we can to make the roads safer."

– Detective Sergeant Alan Hands, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit