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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 '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.

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