No mechanical fault in Glasgow crash refuse vehicle

There was no mechanical fault involved in the refuse truck crash which killed six people in Glasgow in December of last year, an inquiry into the incident has concluded.

The Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the incident, expected to span several weeks at Glasgow Sheriff Court, began today after prosecutors ruled there were no grounds for criminal proceedings. 

It will examine the vehicle, its route and its driver, Henry Clarke, who witnesses reported as seen “slumped” unconscious at the wheel throughout the incident.

The court heard the vehicle had been inspected before it was delivered to the company and was fitted with safety features in accordance with Glasgow City Council’s specifications. 

All of the men on board the vehicle during the incident, including Clarke and two crew members who were not drivers, will give evidence during the inquiry.

This morning the court heard that there was “nothing to suggest the incident was a deliberate act”.

Matthew Telford, one of the men on board the truck during the accident, said Clarke seemed to lose consciousness while driving and the vehicle veered out of control.  “I don’ t think there’s anything I could have done different,” he said.

Telford, who does not hold any driving qualifications, told the court there were no safety protocols in place for the loss of the drivers’ consciousness.

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