OAP escapes bus crash

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Two people killed on M11 50 injured, coach crash/HGV, Essex''30.4.11.(c) Pictures; Stephen Huntley.07973 208461...16 CM3 4RP

A PENSIONER has described the chaotic scene of a motorway horror bus crash which killed two people.

Jack Ambler, 80, was among 49 passengers from the Wakefield and Castleford area on a coach trip to Belgium when disaster struck.

A heavy goods vehicle crashed in to the back of the coach as it travelled along the M11 in Essex on Saturday morning.

A passenger from Fitzwilliam was trapped at the rear of the coach and died, along with the lorry driver.

Grandfather Mr Ambler of Church Lane, Normanton said: “I was asleep at the time with my head on a pillow resting on the coach window. There was a big bang and the glass disintegrated.

“I didn’t really know what was happening. A lorry had gone into the back of the coach and I heard another passenger say the lorry driver was dead.

“There was panic as people tried getting the doors open to get off the bus.

“It was very scary and the seats had pushed forward, which left a bruise on my thigh. I feel very lucky.”

The retired miner got on the coach in Normanton at 10pm on Friday with friends Jack Crummack and Brendan Price.

It was run by Featherstone-based coach operators, Ross Travel Group.

The crash happened at 2.20am on Saturday.

Mr Ambler was taken to hospital for checks and then returned home to his wife Winifred on Saturday afternoon on another coach provided by the West Yorkshire company.

Police are still investing the cause of the crash.