A bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after an accident on the M5 in which a man died.
About 40 people were injured when a truck crashed into the back of the bus which had broken in the inside lane highway in heavy fog. Witnesses said visibility was “poor” when the accident happened at dawn on Saturday between junctions three and four west of Birmingham.
The bus driver 49 years old, from Birmingham, was held and released on bail after a man 35 years old, also from the city, died. Two people, including the truck driver remains in serious condition. Others suffered minor injuries.
Firefighters said one person had to be cut from the truck while the two men cut from the bus, which did not have seat belts installed. Some were treated at the scene, others were taken to various hospitals in the area, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
The highway was closed for several hours in both directions between Bromsgrove and Halesowen. It was later reopened. The coach, who brought the fruit pickers to the site in Evesham, in Worcestershire, has been pushed to the center by the force of the crash barrier hitting the truck.
Passengers Mandip Singh told Sky News: “It really scared me shock ..”
Investigators are conducting an investigation into the causes of accidents and lane M5 south will remain closed until at least late today.
Fowler Welch’s truck owners said in a statement: “At this stage the facts are not fully known.
“Our thoughts and concerns with those involved and their families We will cooperate fully with police and emergency services to assist them in their investigation ..”
Nathan Hudson, from West Midlands Ambulance Service said described the incident as “on the verge of genocide”.
“Conditions at the time was not great – it was quite foggy,” he said.
“Because of our crews and other emergency personnel … must work in extreme conditions for the transport of critically ill patients and to the hospital.”
He said the injured suffered multiple injuries, including blunt trauma and limb fractures.
Penelope Morgan, who reported the accident to the police, told Sky News: “Approaching the coach, where the fog was so thick, you can not see hand in front of you.
“Danger on the coach is very dim, very dim light as well, and until you have the right on it, you can not really see it.”
Martin Stott, the Highways Agency, said the warning signs of the incident and urged drivers to slow down were put in place after the initial call said the coach had been damaged.
Fog Warning is in place, Mr Stott said, adding: “. We will organize the information through the network on our display signs to say that there is fog and to slow down”