Lorry Driver Admits Dangerous Driving

Philip Last

A lorry driver has admitted dangerous driving after a steam engine on the back of his vehicle came loose and crashed into a bus in Essex, seriously injuring six people.

Philip Last, 53, of Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, was driving along East Mersea Road in West Mersea when the steam engine fell from his low loader.

He pleaded guilty to six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on the first day of his scheduled trial at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday.

Judge David Goodin told Last: "Your negligence in securing your load had obviously very grave consequences."

He added: "At the forefront of my mind is an immediate custodial sentence."

The case was adjourned until March 22nd for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

The crash happened on September 23rd 2015.

Some of the people who were injured in the crash sat in court and gasped as Last entered his guilty pleas.

They made no comment after the hearing.