Inquiry After Fatal Coach Crash

Coach Crash Death

19.08.2008

Crash investigators have resumed their search to find out what caused a coach to crash down an embankment, killing one person and injuring 70 others. The coach collided with a car in Alton, Staffordshire, crashed through a wall and ended up in a garden near Alton Towers theme park on Monday evening on the 18th of August. The vehicle was carrying migrant workers from Poland, Latvia Lithuania, Romania and South Africa. A 26-year-old man from Poland died and three people are critically ill.

Twenty one people were taken to hospitals in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Burton-upon-Trent and in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Three people are described as being in a critical condition, four are said to be stable, 12 are being treated for minor injuries and two have been discharged. The rest of the passengers were taken to Alton Towers for treatment after the crash on Station Road.

The British coach driver, who is thought to be from Lincolnshire, was seriously injured. Chief Inspector John Maddox, of Staffordshire Police, said the bus had been coming down a steep hill towards the bridge at the bottom, but failed to go around a steep bend, hit the wall and dropped into the garden. Investigators would be examining the coach on Tuesday morning, and afterwards specialist equipment would be used to move the vehicle.

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