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Glasgow bin lorry driver should have been declared 'unfit to drive'

The inquest into the deaths of six people killed in a bin lorry crash in Glasgow has heard how the driver of the vehicle would have been declared "temporarily unfit to drive" if he had correctly filled in a DVLA form and his employers had been fully aware of his medical history.

STV News reporter Matthew Coyle is at the inquest:

The inquest heard last week how Harry Clarke failed to declare a previous blackout he had during work.

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Bin lorry crew 'did not have time to react' before crash

Workers on board a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow killing six people would not have had enough time to stop it, an inquiry has heard.

The aftermath of the tragedy in Glasgow City Centre. Credit: PA

Crewmen Matthew Telford and Henry Toal only had around five seconds to react when the council vehicle started deviating from the road, collision expert Mark Hill said.

The tragedy took just 19 seconds to unfold three days before Christmas last year.

Mr Hill's calculations showed the vehicle was travelling at 25.9mph when it mounted the pavement.

Collision expert Mark Hill leaves the inquiry after giving evidence. Credit: PA

His report said the crew were "physically obstructed" from reaching driver Harry Clarke, who appeared to be unconscious at the wheel.

He said it may have been possible for them to pull the handbrake before the lorry crashed into a hotel but it could have made it lose control in another direction.

Erin McQuade, her grandparents Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, Stephenie Tait, Jacqueline Morton and Gillian Ewing died in the crash.

The inquiry, which is expected to last six weeks, continues at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

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Glasgow bin lorry driver 'had blacked out at wheel before'

Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, Erin McQuade, Stephenie Tait, Gillian Ewing and Jacqueline Morton died in the crash just before Christmas. Credit: Family handouts

The driver of a bin lorry which crashed killing six people had collapsed at the wheel before, an inquiry has heard.

Harry Clarke lost control of the council truck in Glasgow city centre on December 22 after apparently losing consciousness.

But the hearing was told he had previously blacked out while driving a bus in April 2010.

John Stewart, an inspector with First Bus Glasgow, was called out to deal with the incident.

His notes show said the driver "advised he'd taken unwell at (bus) stop and blacked out for a couple of minutes".

They went back to the depot and paramedics were called after the driver reported feeling unwell again. After being checked out and given the all-clear Mr Clarke refused to go to hospital.

The inquiry, which is expected to last six weeks, continues at Glasgow Sheriff Court tomorrow.

Lorry deaths inquiry: Bin man in cab was 'terrified'

A bin man has told an inquiry that he was "terrified" when the truck he was travelling in veered out of control and knocked down people in a packed Glasgow street.

Henry Toal, 47, gave evidence on the second day of the inquiry into the tragedy which killed six people just before Christmas last year.

Mr Toal said he saw his colleague Mr Clarke slumped to one side, his hands still on the steering wheel.

He told the inquiry at Glasgow Sheriff Court: "I was wondering what was going to happen, where we were going to end up."

Mr Toal, who suffered an eye injury when the truck finally crashed in to the Millennium Hotel in George Square, added that he was afraid the vehicle would go up in flames.

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