Man jailed for soldiers' deaths

A lorry driver has been jailed for 18 months for causing the deaths of two soldiers in a crash on the A66 in Cumbria.

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Full report: Lorry driver jailed for A66 soldiers' deaths

A lorry driver who caused the deaths of two soldiers in a crash on the A66 has been jailed for 18 months.

Private James Austin and Lance Sergeant David Gartland were on their way back to Catterick Garrison after a training exercise when they died in September 2011.

The soldiers' Land Rover crashed and was then hit by Colin Pattison's HGV near Stainmore in Cumbria.

Hannah McNulty reports.

Lorry driver jailed over soldiers' deaths

A lorry driver has been jailed for 18 months for causing the deaths of two soldiers in a crash on the A66 in Cumbria.

Colin Pattison's HGV ran into the back of an army landrover on the A66 at Stainmore two years ago.

Private James Austin and Lance Sergeant David Gartland, who were returning to Catterick Garrison following an training exercise at Warcop died at the scene.

The scene of the accident in 2011 Credit: Cumbria Police

Their landrover had already hit a broken down lorry that was spewing thick smoke across the carriageway when it was hit from behind by Colin Pattison's fully laden wagon.

He had driven blindly into the smoke at around 30 miles an hour, the prosecution say he should've slowed down more.

53-year-old Pattison, from Goole in Yorkshire, was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving but found guilty of causing death by careless driving following a trial at Carlisle Crown Court last month.

He has also been banned from driving for six years.

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