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M4 fatal school bus crash

11th October 2019

Ben Casey, instructed by Patrick Maguire of Slater Gordon, acted on behalf of the family of Catherine Gardiner at the inquest into her death and those of two others.

The deaths arose out of an accident on the M4 involving a lorry and a school minibus.

The Senior Coroner for Berkshire, Ms Heidi Connor, found that it was unlikely that the minibus slowed to an abrupt halt on the motorway as a result of driver error on the part of Mrs Gardiner. Having heard all of the evidence she found that an unidentified fault in the minibus was the more likely explanation.

Ms Connor also expressed concern about the fact that a solid metal barrier prevented any vehicles utilising the hard shoulder at the accident location.  She indicated her intention to make a report for the Prevention of Further Deaths to Highways England concerning the operation of temporary works orders and the length of time over which such works were permitted to last.

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Year of Call: 2000