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Fowler Welch M5 crash lorry driver dies in hospital

Spalding, UK:  The driver of the Fowler Welch lorry that crashed into the rear of a stationary bus on the M5 – killing a passenger and injuring more than 20 – has died in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the 65-year-old haulier from Somerset passed away shortly after 9pm on Saturday night at a Birmingham hospital.  They have not yet released his name.

Fowler Welch, the driver’s employer, said in a statement: “Fowler Welch has sadly lost a member of its team as a result of the incident on the M5 on the 24th of March.

“Our thoughts are with the family of our driver, the family of the other fatally injured individual, and all those involved in the accident.

“The many messages of support and sympathy we have received since the news was announced on this very sad weekend have been appreciated by all of us here at Fowler Welch.”

A 35-year-old man on the bus was killed on Saturday in the early morning.  Another passenger remains in a critical condition.

The bus is believed to have broken down and stopped in thick fog in a “live” lane of the M5 near Frankley Services.  The driver of the bus was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail.