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HGV driver jailed for double fatal crash in Tutbury

Tutbury Road, Tutbury Image copyright Google
Image caption The collision happened on the A511 Tutbury Road last February

A lorry driver has been jailed for 12 months after two men died in a crash between a minibus and his HGV.

The minibus was carrying Spanish nationals to work in Tutbury, Staffordshire, when the collision happened last February.

Albino Otero Rodriguez, 50, and Juan Carlos Rey Solla, 41, both from northern Spain, died at the scene.

Artur Mendonca Lopes Martins, from Portugal, admitted causing the deaths by careless driving in December.

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The 43-year-old, from Castelo Branco, pleaded guilty to two charges at Stafford Crown Court, where he was sentenced on Friday.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.

HGV-driver Martins collided with the minibus on the A511 Tutbury Road, at about 07:00 GMT on 15 February.

The driver of the minibus, a 27-year-old man from Spain who was staying in Appleby Magna, Leicestershire, was also arrested the scene but has since been released from bail without charge, Staffordshire Police said.

Several people were treated for minor injuries at Queen's Hospital in Burton and a man who was treated in hospital in Nottingham is recovering at his home in Spain.

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