Drivers charged over M62 crash that killed hen party teen

Bethany Jones.
Bethany Jones.
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Two men have been charged over a minibus crash on the M62 that killed a teenager who was on a hen party trip.

Eighteen-year-old trainee nurse Bethany Jones, from South Elmsall, was killed when the bus and a lorry collided at junction 32 for Castleford on April 26 last year.

She was one of 21 women who were hurt, eight of them seriously, as the group travelled to Liverpool for a hen party.

The minibus driver, 62-year-old James Johnson, of Wyke, Bradford, and lorry driver Kevin Ollerhead, 44, from St Helens in Merseyside, were both yesterday charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Both were bailed to appear before Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on January 20.

More than £40,000 has been raised by the community to help surviving victims of last April’s crash.


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