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M62 hen party crash driver admits causing Bethany Jones' death

James Johnson
Image caption James Johnson pleaded guilty when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court earlier

A minibus driver has admitted causing the death of a teenager in a crash on the M62 in West Yorkshire as he drove a group of women to a hen party.

Bethany Jones, 18, died and several people were injured in the crash between a minibus and a lorry, near Pontefract, in April last year.

James Johnson, 64, pleaded guilty to causing her death by dangerous driving.

The trainee nurse was in a group of 21 women being driven from South Elmsall to the celebration in Liverpool.

The crash left 11 women seriously injured, among them the bride-to-be.

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Image caption Bethany Jones was the only person killed in the crash

Johnson, of Whytecote End, Bradford, was bailed at Leeds Crown Court to return to the court on 21 October, when he will be sentenced.

Kevin Ollerhead, 43, of Lincoln Crescent, St Helens, who was driving the lorry involved in the crash, denied causing the death by dangerous driving.

He is due to stand trial at Leeds Crown Court on 13 October.

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Image caption Some of the women injured in the crash had to attend Miss Jones' funeral in wheelchairs

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