No Charges Over Bus Crash

No one will face charges over the bus crash near Alton Towers that claimed the life of a Peterborough man in 2008 according to police in Staffordshire.

Inspector Neil Sherratt said, "Detectives from our Major Investigation Department led the inquiry which focused on painstaking forensic examination and testing of the coach's mechanics, including its braking system. They were assisted by various specialist experts and agencies including VOSA, the Health and Safety Executive and the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. The coach's driver, who was also injured in the collision, was interviewed along with all 69 surviving passengers and the owners of the coach company in Cambridgeshire.

"A comprehensive file was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone in relation to the crash and the death of Mr Wolski. The CPS acknowledged the depth of our inquiry and that it explored every possible investigative avenue. All of the evidence gathered by our officers will now be passed to Her Majesty's Coroner who will carry out an inquest."

It happened on the 18th August as 71 farm workers returned from a day trip to the theme park.

Piotr Wolski, who was 26, lived in Peterborough and worked on Lutton Farm near Oundle.

Piotr died and 7 other people, including the bus driver, were seriously injured when the double decker plunged down a 10 foot embankment near the theme park.

Anne Longs who was their boss at the Farm described him as a "Good Guy" and said he had worked for her every summer for 3 or 4 years.

Inspector Sherratt added, "Our sympathies remain with Mr Wolski's family, who live in Poland. They have been updated about the investigation's progress throughout and informed of this latest development."

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Detectives from our Major Investigation Department led the inquiry which focused on painstaking forensic examination and testing of the coach's mechanics, including its braking system. They were assisted by various specialist experts and agencies including VOSA, the Health and Safety Executive and the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. The coach's driver, who was also injured in the collision, was interviewed along with all 69 surviving passengers and the owners of the coach company in Cambridgeshire.

"A comprehensive file was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone in relation to the crash and the death of Mr Wolski. The CPS acknowledged the depth of our inquiry and that it explored every possible investigative avenue. All of the evidence gathered by our officers will now be passed to Her Majesty's Coroner who will carry out an inquest.

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