Glasgow bin lorry crash inquiry: Driver accused of telling 'pack of lies'

The driver of a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow, killing six people, has been accused of telling "a pack of lies" about his medical history.

In a second day of evidence to a fatal accident inquiry, Harry Clarke again refused to answer a series of questions about last December's crash, leading the mother of one of the victims to storm out of court.

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Glasgow bin lorry driver accused of telling 'pack of lies'

Harry Clarke repeatedly refused to answer questions in court. Credit: Priscilla Colleman

The Glasgow bin lorry crash driver was accused of telling "a pack of lies" about his medical history.

Dorothy Bain QC, acting for relatives of victim Jacqueline Morton, accused Harry Clarke of deliberately misleading doctors by telling them he was safe to drive.

At a fatal accident inquiry, the 58 year old was also asked to imagine his own daughter had been killed.

"What would you hope those who might have some information about it would do at that public inquiry?" he was asked, but Mr Clarke refused to answer.

Ms Bain accused the council worker of lacking the "decency" to think of anyone but himself.

Mother of Glasgow bin lorry victim storms out of court

Glasgow bin lorry driver Harry Clarke. Credit: Social media

The mother of one of the Glasgow bin lorry crash victims stormed out of court this morning as the driver repeatedly refused to answer questions.

Harry Clarke is giving evidence for the second day at a fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of six people three days before Christmas last year.

Mr Clarke refused to answer a number of questions about his medical history.

Previously, the inquiry has heard that Mr Clarke has a history of dizzy spells and fainting which he failed to disclose to the DVLA and on job application forms. During the fatal incident, he slumped at the wheel of the truck as he drove through the city centre, causing it to veer out of control.


Glasgow bin lorry crash: Driver continues evidence

File photo dated 22/12/14 of the scene in Glasgow's George Square after a bin lorry crashed in the city centre and killed six people. Credit: PA

The driver of the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow killing six people will continue giving evidence at an inquiry into the tragedy.

Harry Clarke, 58, is the last remaining witness to be called before the fatal accident inquiry which is now in its fifth week.

He was behind the wheel of the truck when it veered out of control in the city centre three days before Christmas.

Yesterday, Mr Clarke gave an account of the day of the accident describing the moment he blacked out.

He said: ''Everything was okay, I saw the Christmas lights in the distance, and the next minute ... it was like a light switch.''

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Bin lorry driver evasive when quizzed about sickness

The driver of a bin lorry that crashed killing six people in Glasgow has continued to refused to answer some questions at a fatal accident inquiry into the tragedy.

Harry Clarke, 58, was asked about his early employment history, and repeatedly replied with the words: "I don't want to answer that question."

Harry Clarke was driving a refuse truck when he slumped at the wheel in Glasgow city centre. Credit: Priscilla Coleman/ITV News

Mr Clarke was also asked about his time as a driver with First Bus, where the inquiry has heard he worked before joining Glasgow City Council in 2011.

He said he did not remember being spoken to by his depot manager about his sickness rate but did recall being off work for a spell.

When shown a sick pay form, Mr Clarke said: "April 2010 I was off sick, that was the time with First Bus."

He said he thought he had been off "more than a couple of weeks" but did not answer when asked why.

Solicitor General Lesley Thomson said: "Written there is vaso vagal, do you know what that is?"

He said:"I know now what it is." Probed further, he added "light-headed".

Asked if it was his signature on the sick pay form, he said: "I don't want to answer that, but it does look like it."

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