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M5 coach crash leaves one dead as police arrest driver

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div class="track"img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"Coach believed to have broken down in carriageway before being struck by heavy goods lorry/ppPolice have arrested the driver of a bus involved in a crash in thick fog on the M5 that left one man dead and two others critically ill./ppThe 49-year-old driver from Birmingham was questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a lorry crashed into the rear of his vehicle. He was later released on bail./ppPolice said the coach is believed to have broken down in the nearside lane of the carriageway when it was struck by the heavy goods vehicle./ppA 35-year-old man from the Smethwick area of the West Midlands was pronounced dead at the scene. Another male passenger and the truck driver were being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital for life-threatening injuries./ppDozens of passengers, among a party of 40 fruit pickers being driven from Birmingham to Evesham, Worcestershire, were treated for less serious injuries/ppWitnesses and a survivor of the crash said the incident happened after the coach, which was not fitted with seatbelts, came to a halt near Bartley Green, Birmingham. The impact of the collision left the lorry's cab embedded in the rear of the coach./ppChief Inspector Carl Flynn, of the Central Motorway Police Group, said it was too early to speculate on the cause. "This was a very serious collision which has tragically claimed one life."/ppThere were heavy tailbacks on the M5 as traffic police closed off the southbound carriageway to investigate./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href=""Birmingham/a/lilia href=""Road safety/a/lilia href=""Transport/a/li/ul/divdiv class="author"a href=""Barry Neild/a/divbr/div class="terms"a href="" copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href=",,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href=""More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /
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