Lorry driver jailed for 18 months
A man has been jailed for 18 months, received a 21 month disqualification and £100 victim surcharge at Ipswich Crown Court today, Thursday, April 20, after a lorry he was driving, which was towing a steam engine, was in a collision with a bus containing 32 passengers.
Phillip Last, 52, of Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in connection with the collision, which happened on East Road, West Mersea on September 23, 2015.
The driver of the bus had to be released by the fire service and was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital with life threatening injuries. He suffered a serious injury to his hand and continues to receive physiotherapy for an injury to his shoulder.
The bus was carrying 32 people, five of whom had serious injuries and were taken to Colchester General Hospital. Of the five victims, one suffers from chronic pain and needs daily help, a further suffered a serious leg injury, another continues to suffer from breathing difficulties, one suffers with hearing difficulties and continues to suffer from a wrist injury and one continues with physiotherapy treatment and psychological injuries.
The remaining passengers were less seriously injured and a large proportion were either uninjured or walking wounded.
Pc Lance Hutchin of the serious collision investigation unit said, “This was a serious road traffic collision, which resulted in many injuries. We would like to remind all road users that having an unsecured load can have devastating consequences. Check the government website for guidance on load securing.”