School bus crash: Driver who died is named as family says he ‘suffered medical issues’ at the wheel


The driver of a school bus who died when it overturned on a motorway has been named as Stephen Shrimpton, Sky News understands.

On a crowdfunding page to pay for his funeral his sister in law, Emily, said he was “suffering medical issues” while at the wheel.

By late Saturday morning just over £9,000 had been raised, breaking the £6,000 target.

Jessica Baker, 15, was also killed in the crash.

The bus overturned on the M53 on the Wirral on Friday morning.

Picture of 15-year-old Jessica Baker, who died in Liverpool bus crash
Picture of 15-year-old Jessica Baker, who died in Liverpool bus crash

Four children were taken to hospital and a 14-year-old boy is said to have sustained life-changing injuries.

Other pupils were taken to an emergency services training centre in Wallasey, with 13 treated for minor injuries.

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Emergency services at the scene of a coach crash on the M53 motorway, between junction 5 at Ellesmere Port and junction 4 at Bebbington. The coach was carrying schoolchildren to Calday Grange Grammar School and West Kirby Grammar School for Girls. Picture date: Friday September 29, 2023.
The crash happened on the northbound M53 between J5 at Hooton and J4 at Bebington

Police said 58 people were involved in the crash.

The bus had been carrying pupils from two Merseyside schools – Calday Grange all-boys grammar school and West Kirby all-girls grammar school.

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Police said there were more children on other buses travelling in convoy with the one that crashed.

All those involved will be offered trauma support and family liaison officers are supporting relatives.

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