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The driver of a coach which crashed killing 13 people may have fallen asleep at the wheel, Bristol Crown Court was told yesterday.

As a result, the coach driven by Stephen Brown "drifted quietly" off the M4 motorway near the Severn Bridge, crashed through a wooden barrier and ended upside down in a water-filled culvert, the jury was told. Ten people were killed in the crash on 23 May last year, and three others died of their injuries. All were members, or their relatives, of the Royal British Legion branch from Christchurch, Dorset, who had been on a day outing to Cardiff. Mr Brown, 40, of East Hove, Bournemouth, denies a specimen charge that by dangerous driving he caused the death of a passenger, Kathleen Coombes, 76. The case continues.

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