Ingleby Barwick driver crushed to death following crash in North Yorkshire, court told

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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A LORRY driver fell asleep at the wheel on the A1 and ploughed into a broken-down truck, killing a father-of-one, a court was told.

Arthur Page was said to be responsible for a “prolonged period of inattention” and had dozed off, causing a collision in which Wayne Howen suffered fatal crush injuries.

Minutes earlier Mr Howen, from Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, who was driving an articulated tractor unit and delivering gas bottles, had himself collided with a HGV parked in a lay-by on the A1 in North Yorkshire after it was believed he had swerved to avoid a deer.

The victim drove on, but was forced to stop some half a mile further on in the left hand lane of the carriageway near Kirkby Fleetham - between Bedale and Catterick - as the tractor unit was listing and had two badly damaged tyres.

Jonny Walker, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court, that witnesses described how Mr Howen's vehicle was “lit up like a Christmas tree”.

It had its hazard lights on, as well as extra lighting, while Mr Howen, 38, had placed two warning triangles to the rear and a number of red and white cones on the carriageway.

He was wearing a fluorescent jacket and waving a torch in a bid to direct passing traffic into the outside lane when the truck was hit from behind by Mr Page's fully laden HGV, causing it to jack-knife and trap Mr Howen - killing him instantly.

He said Mr Page, from Worlaby, Lincolnshire, had felt sleepy and had tried to distract himself by opening the windows in his vehicle.

The 59-year-old had only been working for his employer, a Scunthorpe-based haulage company, for a few days and was driving to Newton Aycliffe when the collision, shortly after 2am, occurred.

Mr Walker said Mr Page had fallen asleep, but it was possible he had roused himself seconds before the impact and tried and failed to swerve.

He said: “This was a situation where the defendant was too tired to stay awake and should not have been driving in such circumstances.”

Mr Page denies causing death by dangerous driving on September 12 2012, as well as causing death by careless driving, a charge which was added at the start of his trial.

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8:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

darloboss says...

so what we all get tied
so what we all get tied darloboss
  • Score: -16

8:38pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bambara says...

All heart darloboss, no word of sympathy for the victims relatives.
This is a serious problem in the haulage industry and the reason why legislation was brought in to limit driving hours and mandate rest time between shifts.
Those laws were brought in to prevent this type of tragedy, and stop this from being the cause of heartache for any more families.
Questions will need to be answered about how many hours the driver had done and if he had simply not slept properly before going to work, or if he had been pushed to break the law regarding driving hours by his employer.
All heart darloboss, no word of sympathy for the victims relatives. This is a serious problem in the haulage industry and the reason why legislation was brought in to limit driving hours and mandate rest time between shifts. Those laws were brought in to prevent this type of tragedy, and stop this from being the cause of heartache for any more families. Questions will need to be answered about how many hours the driver had done and if he had simply not slept properly before going to work, or if he had been pushed to break the law regarding driving hours by his employer. bambara
  • Score: 13

1:30pm Tue 8 Apr 14

darloboss says...

meaning they both should have pulled up and rested
meaning they both should have pulled up and rested darloboss
  • Score: -4

11:16pm Tue 8 Apr 14

samlyn says...

darloboss obviously you know nothing about the accident or you wouldn't make such a stupid and thoughtless comment just hope Wayne's family don't see it
RIP Wayne thoughts go out to your family
darloboss obviously you know nothing about the accident or you wouldn't make such a stupid and thoughtless comment just hope Wayne's family don't see it RIP Wayne thoughts go out to your family samlyn
  • Score: 3

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