Around 6.30am a crash on the M5 motorway involving a coach and a lorry has left one person dead and at least forty people injured. It has been stressed that all those injured are adults. Some however have sustained serious injuries.
Early indications are that the lorry hit the rear of the coach. All motorway lanes were closed but at time of writing one has now opened. Emergency service from around the country attended the crash.
Due to the fact that it was so early in a morning and a Saturday the traffic on the motorway was sparse. Thankfully this means that no other vehicles were involved.
The latest news is that the coach had broken down and was stationery on the hard shoulder. At time of impact the passengers were disembarking. Whilst fog will have played a part the cause of the accident is not yet known. The coach was travelling from Birmingham to Evesham.
An investigation is underway.
Update March 24, 18.00 UK timeThe 49-year-old coach driver, from Birmingham was arrested earlier this afternoon. He has since been released on bail. The person who died at the crash was a 35-year-old man who was a passenger on the coach. The coach did not have seatbelts fitted which could have added to the amount of people injured. The lorry driver was seriously injured along with at least one coach passenger. 37 other passengers needed treatment for their injuries. An eye witness told SkyNews that, "Approaching the coach, where the fog was so thick, you couldn't see hand in front of you."The hazards on the coach were very dim, the lights were very dim as well, and until you got right on top of it, you couldn't actually see it."