FRUITPACKERS on the coach involved in horror fatal M5 crash near Halesowen last weekend could be in for a big payday.

Several of the 35 injured survivors have already instructed personal injury lawyers Claim Today Solicitors to act on their behalf despite fearing they could lose their job if they seek damages.

Rob Bhol CTS Managing Director said: “A worrying picture is beginning to emerge concerning this extremely tragic incident. “We are obviously keen to speak to as many witnesses as possible about events running up to the M5 coach crash so we can build an effective case for our clients.“ He added: “We understand that many of the workers are reluctant to come forward because of fears for their job security but we want to reassure them that we will treat any information we are given with discretion and sensitivity and that there are laws in place to protect their individual employment rights.”

On Saturday, March 24 at 6am on the M5 near Halesowen a lorry crashed into a stationary coach full of fruitpackers being transported to work in Evesham.

Liaquat Ali, aged 35 and from Smethwick, was a passenger on the bus and died at the scene.

And 65-year-old lorry driver from Wells in Somerset, William Mapstone died in hospital.

The 49-year-old driver of the coach was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was bailed pending further enquires.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision and anyone who saw the incident should contact them should call the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit on 101.