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School coach driver who fell asleep at wheel awaits sentence over crash

Published 11/09/2015

The driver is being sentenced at Norwich Crown Court
The driver is being sentenced at Norwich Crown Court

A school coach driver who crashed after falling asleep at the wheel will be sentenced today.

Ross Ogilvie was driving the coach carrying children on a school trip when he crashed into a ditch near Hilgay in Norfolk last year.

The 23-year-old, from Royston, Hertfordshire, admitted dangerous driving at an earlier hearing and accepted he had fallen asleep while driving.

He will return to Norwich Crown Court for sentencing.

The children from William Westley Primary School, in Cambridgeshire, were on a school trip to the seaside resort of Hunstanton at the time.

Forty-two children, aged between five and six, were on board along with six adults.

Ogilvie was cut free and taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, with minor back injuries, while a number of children were treated for shock at the scene.

One child was also taken to hospital as a precaution because of a pre-existing medical condition.

The crash closed the A10 for more than six hours.

Judge Katharine Moore said at the previous hearing: "This is a very serious matter."

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