Birmingham & Black Country

Coach driver, 50, charged over M5 death crash

Crash on M5 motorway
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it treated 30 people after the crash

A coach driver has been charged with causing the deaths of two people by dangerous driving after a crash between a lorry and a coach on the M5.

Coach passenger, Liaquat Ali, 35, from Smethwick was killed in the crash on 24 March on the southbound carriageway between junctions three and four.

Lorry driver William Mapstone, 65, from Somerset, later died in hospital.

Jasminder Dhesi, 50, from Great Barr, Birmingham, will appear before magistrates on 2 October.

Thirty-four passengers, men and women, were on board the coach.

The single-decker vehicle was not fitted with seatbelts and was carrying a group of fruit-pickers from Birmingham to the Evesham area of Worcestershire.

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