Essex

Guilty pleas over West Mersea steam engine crash

Bus and lorry crash
Image caption Bus driver Michael Birch was among those hurt when the steam roller fell off the lorry

A lorry driver responsible for a steam engine falling from a low-loader and crashing into a bus has pleaded guilty to six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Philip Last, 53, of Great Yarmouth, was at the wheel of the lorry when it crashed in West Mersea, Essex, on 23 September 2015.

In total, 23 people were injured.

At Ipswich Crown Court, Judge David Goodin told Last his "negligence" had "grave consequences".

He added: "At the forefront of my mind is an immediate custodial sentence."

Some of those injured in the crash sat in court as Last entered his guilty pleas.

They made no comment after the hearing, which was adjourned until 22 March for reports.

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