Six Injured After Coach Overturns In Ditch On M5

Prospect Coaches-Operated Vehicle Involved In Gloucestershire Crash


Police are continuing investigations after a coach carrying 53 people overturned into a ditch close to junction 13 of the M5 in Gloucestershire, with five adults and one child being hospitalised following the incident.

Gloucestershire Police have confirmed the incident happened around 10am this morning (August 19th) near Stroud, as the coach along with three others was taking the group of adults and children on a day trip to Weston-super-Mare.

The coach was operated by Prospect Coaches and had collected passengers from West Bromwich prior to the journey.

The five adults injured in the crash were taken to Southmead Hospital, while the child was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital. According to South West Ambulance Service, all are believed to have suffered minor injuries.

The southbound carriageway of the M5 was closed as investigations into the crash continued.

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Expert Opinion
It is very worrying to hear reports of this incident and the priority at present must be to ensure that passengers involved in the crash get the treatment and support they need at this time.

"Through our work on cases of this nature, including the families of schoolchildren injured in a head-on bus crash in County Durham in June, we understand both the physical and psychological trauma that an incident of this nature can cause.

"This is why the needs of those affected must come first, with attention later turning to thoroughly investigating the circumstances of the crash.

"Very little is so far known, so it is key that all aspects of the accident are examined in order to develop a full picture regarding the circumstances of the crash and determine what can be done to prevent such problems emerging again in the future."
Glen Edney, Partner