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Lorry driver in court over double death charge

Lance Sergeant Gartland and Private James Bell Fairburn Austin died in the collision Credit: ITV Border

A 52-year-old lorry driver has appeared in court today accused of causing the death of two soldiers by dangerous driving.

Colin Pattison was charged after the two men died following a collision between his lorry and the Army Land Rover ambulance they were in on the A66 at Stainmore, on Thursday September 1st, 2011.

The two soldiers - Lance Sergeant David Mark Gartland and Private James Bell Fairburn Austin – were returning to their base at Catterick after a training exercise near Appleby.

At Carlisle Crown Court today Pattison, of Goole, North Humberside, spoke only to confirm his name, and did not enter a plea to the charge.

He will next appears in court for a plea and case management hearing on February 18th.