Lorry driver jailed after steam engine crash in Essex

A lorry driver has been jailed for eighteen months and disqualified from driving for 21 months over a crash which saw a steam engine fall off the lorry he was driving and onto a bus in Essex.

52-year old Philip Last from Great Yarmouth was charged with dangerous driving after more than 20 people were injured at East Road in East Mersea near Colchester in September 2015. Bus driver Michael Birch was almost killed in the crash after the steam engine rolled onto his cabin.

32 people were onboard the bus at the time. Philip Last will likely only serve half of his eighteen month sentence and will be released on licence for the rest of his sentence.

He has also been ordered to take an enhanced driving test before he is issued with his licence again.

“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.”

– Pc Lance Hutchin from the serious collision investigation unit

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