Great Yarmouth lorry driver to stand trial after crash with bus

Essex Police investigate a collision on East Mersea Road between a bus and a low-loader lorry which

Essex Police investigate a collision on East Mersea Road between a bus and a low-loader lorry which was carrying a steam engine. The driver of the bus had to be released by the fire service and has been airlifted to the Royal London Hospital with life threatening injuries. - Credit: Su Anderson

A lorry driver from Great Yarmouth will stand trial after denying six charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a

after a crash involving a bus and a low loader.

A steam engine fell off the low loader being driven by 52-year-old Philip Last and smashed into a bus in the crash which happened on East Mersea Road in West Mersea, Essex on September 23 last year.

Bus driver Michael Birch suffered severe injuries to both of his shoulders, chest, forearm, hand, fingers, hip, pelvis and abdomen.

Today Last of Northgate Street, Yarmouth, pleaded not guilty at a plea and trial preparation hearing at Ipswich Crown Court to six charges of causing serious injury to Mr Birch and five other people by dangerous driving on Nacton Road, A12, A14, Berechurch Hall Road, Colchester, Mersea Road and East Mersea Road.


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The trial is due to take place on February 27 next year.

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