Essex

East Mersea steam engine-bus crash lorry driver charged

Bus and lorry crash
Image caption The bus driver and 22 other people were hurt in the crash in East Mersea, Essex, on 23 September last year

A lorry driver has been charged over a crash involving a bus and a low-loader carrying a steam engine which injured 23 people.

The collision happened in East Mersea, Essex, in September last year.

Bus driver Michael Birch, had to be cut free from his cabin and later said he thought he "would die".

Essex Police said Philip Last, 52, of Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, had been charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court next month.

Image caption Bus driver Michael Birch needed seven operations following the crash

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