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Tragic M53 Coach Crash: Bus Driver’s Death Linked to Onboard Medical Emergency

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A tragic incident on Friday morning sent shockwaves through the community as a school coach crashed on the northbound M53 near junction five, resulting in the loss of two lives.

The bus driver, Stephen Shrimpton, aged 40, and passenger Jessica Baker, a 15-year-old student, lost their lives in the unfortunate accident that occurred around 8 am.

While initial reports suggested it was a simple traffic accident, a recent statement from the driver’s family revealed that Stephen Shrimpton had been battling undisclosed “medical issues” behind the wheel, shedding new light on the incident.



The accident unfolded in the early hours of Friday, causing chaos on the busy motorway and drawing the immediate attention of emergency services. Reports by The Telegraph News on Sunday, October 01, 2023.

The coach, carrying several students, was en route to a local school, and the impact of the crash left the vehicle overturned, adding to the severity of the situation. Both the driver and Jessica Baker were pronounced dead at the scene, while several other passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries, necessitating hospitalization.

As investigators continue to piece together the sequence of events leading to the tragic accident, Stephen Shrimpton’s family has come forward with a statement, shedding light on a possible cause that had not been previously disclosed. According to the family, the experienced bus driver had been dealing with “medical issues” that ultimately played a role in the accident.


The family’s statement reads, “Our hearts are heavy with grief over the loss of our beloved Stephen. We want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Jessica Baker as well. It has come to our attention that Stephen was battling medical issues that he had not disclosed to anyone. We believe these issues may have contributed to the accident, and we are cooperating fully with the authorities to understand the full extent of what happened.”

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The revelation of Shrimpton’s medical condition has raised questions about the responsibility of both the driver and the school district in ensuring the safety of the students on board. Bus drivers are required to undergo regular medical examinations to ensure their fitness to operate vehicles, and any undisclosed medical conditions could have serious implications.

Local authorities and the school district have both pledged to conduct thorough investigations into the incident, including a review of the driver’s medical records and the condition of the school coach involved. Meanwhile, the community has come together to mourn the loss of two lives and support the injured passengers and their families.



The tragic accident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of regular health assessments for individuals in roles involving the safety of others, particularly when operating vehicles. It also underscores the need for comprehensive safety measures and protocols to prevent accidents of this nature.

As the investigation unfolds, more details about the incident will emerge, shedding further light on the circumstances surrounding the crash. In the meantime, the community remains united in grief, coming together to support the affected families and remember the lives lost in this heart-wrenching accident on the M53.

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Birminghamgist Staff is a News Reporter, making waves in the UK with insightful and Engaging reporting.

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