TV-watching HGV driver kills woman

Lorry driver Viorel Sandulache was distracted by a TV show on his mobile when he drove into the back of a 21-year-old woman’s car on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the Dartford River Crossing in Kent. He was sentenced to nine years at Maidstone Crown Court on 8 April.

The court heard the collision occurred around 4.05am on Friday 3 November 2017.  The victim’s car was travelling ahead of the lorry and braked while on the downhill section of the bridge.

Sandulache maintained his speed and drove into the rear of the car. The car driver sustained serious injuries and died in hospital two days later.

A police investigation found dash cam footage of Sandulache at the wheel and in the moments leading up to the collision it showed him looking down at his phone which had been placed above the speed dial. Analysis of the mobile revealed he had searched for an episode of a TV show seven minutes before the collision took place.

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County Antrim firm fined for waste offences

A haulage company has been fined £40,000 for a range of waste offences. Waste management firm Thompson Site Services appeared at Antrim Magistrates’ Court after the Northern Ireland Environment Agency stopped driver Trevor Castles transporting excavation waste to an unauthorised waste site.

Officers found he did not possess any of the required paperwork for his load.

Two months’ later in August 2017, the police observed another waste-laden lorry registered to Thompson Site Services depositing excavation waste at a site in Glenavy, which did not have a licence or exemption to keep waste.

The company was fined for one charge under The Waste and Contaminated Land Order, company director Ian Thompson was disqualified from acting as a company director for five years and in addition Castles was fined £300.

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