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Sowerby Bridge Disaster 20 years on

It is 20 years to the day since the town of Sowerby Bridge became the focus of world attention after a horrific accident claimed the lives of six people.

A lorry, which unknown to its driver had eight defective brakes, careered down a hill, smashing into a van and a shop.

We've spoken to two of the families whose lives were changed forever that day - and two decades on the memories are still raw. They also say no justice was served despite a five-year campaign after the crash. Kate Walby reports.

Sowerby Bridge disaster anniversary: families reflect

The wife of a man killed when a lorry with faulty brakes careered down a street in Sowerby Bridge says there has been no justice for him.

Peter Stott was among six killed 20 years ago. Transport company Fewston were fined £5,000. A lack of evidence meant the manager was cleared of manslaughter.

The charge of corporate manslaughter did not exist at the time.

His wife Lorraine remembers the moment she found out.


Families reflect on 20th anniversary of Sowerby Bridge disaster

The families of six people killed when a lorry with faulty brakes ploughed into a shop and house in Sowerby Bridge say they still have no justice.

It's the twentieth anniversary of the disaster, for which transport company Fewston were fined five thousand pounds. A lack of evidence meant the manager was cleared of manslaughter.

Glenn Rooke's wife Angela was killed - leaving him to look after three children. He reflects back on that day 20 years ago.

Fewer deaths on South Yorkshire's roads

The number of deaths on South Yorkshire's roads has remained at its lowest level since 2003, according to the local Safer Roads Partnership. 29 people were killed last year from collisions, a reduction from its peak in 2006 when 71 people died.

The number of people classed as seriously injured also remained relatively low compared with the previous decade. 450 were "seriously injured" last year, compared with 684 in 2003.

It is pleasing to see that we have had no child fatalities on South Yorkshire roads in 2012, and that the total number of child casualties has also fallen. However, we cannot afford to be complacent. Every injury collision causes pain, grief and suffering for the families and communities involved. We shall continue to develop and deliver initiatives that have an impact in reducing risk and casualties.

– Ken Wheat, Safer Roads Partnership Manager

The results in South Yorkshire match those around the country, where total road deaths since 2002 have fallen by almost 50%. This equates to almost 1,700 lives saved every year. The volume of traffic over the same period increased slightly, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Two die in separate railway accidents

Two people have died today in separate incidents on the region's rail network. A man in his 60s was pronounced dead at Seamer Junction, in Seamer, near Scarbrorough this morning. His death is not being treated as suspicious. He has not yet been named.

The train involved was the 10.00 Scarborough to Hull train and the line was closed for almost two hours.

And a man also died after being hit by a train at Dewsbury railway station this lunchtime. This involved the 10.48 Scarbrough to Liverpool Lime Street service. He also has not yet been named. Files on both deaths are being prepared for the coroner.

Inquest into deaths of vodka plant explosion

The inquest into the deaths of five Lithuanian men, who died in an explosion in Boston on 13 July last year resumes today. Erlandas Duzinskas (28), Vaidas Krupenkinas (39),

Laimutis Simkus (32), Ovidijus Mejeris (26) and Ricardas Gecas (24) died in an industrial unit that was being used for the production of counterfeit alcohol. The inquest is being held at Spalding Magistrates .