A man who was behind the wheel of a lorry which collided with a car - injuring three people including a baby - has admitted dangerous driving.

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Gendrihs Kuplovs-Oginskis, 44, of Central Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, today pleaded guilty to the offence at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He was driving a bread lorry on the B1024 at Earls Colne on September 6, 2012, when he collided with a Vauxhall Zafira being driven in the opposite direction.

It was established during the investigation that the lorry was on the wrong side of the road.

The three occupants of the Vauxhall suffered serious injuries, including a 16-month-old baby girl who received fractures to her skull, leg and wrist.

She remained in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, for many weeks and is still recuperating from the trauma of the incident.

Senior Investigating Officer, Inspector Scott Egerton, said: “We are pleased that Kuplovs-Oginskis has accepted that his driving on that day was dangerous and caused such hurt to so many people. Everyone, especially professional drivers, need to be alert at all times and aware of other road users. He has had to learn the hard way that a few moments of inattention can have devastating consequences.”

The case has been adjourned for sentencing.