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M5 coach crash: Jasminder Dhesi admits causing deaths

Crash on M5 motorway
Image caption West Midlands Ambulance Service said 30 people were treated for injuries after the crash

A coach driver has admitted causing the deaths of two people in a crash between a lorry and a coach on the M5 motorway.

Coach passenger Liaquat Ali, 35, from Smethwick was killed in the crash on 24 March 2012 between junctions three and four on the southbound carriageway.

Lorry driver William Mapstone, 65, from Somerset, later died in hospital.

Jasminder Singh Dhesi 50, of Nether Hall Avenue, Great Barr, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

He will be sentenced on 12 February.

Thirty-four passengers were on board the coach at the time of the crash.

The single-decker vehicle was carrying a group of fruit-pickers from Birmingham to the Evesham area of Worcestershire.

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