The driver of a bin lorry which crashed and killed six people had been suspended by his previous employer when he started working for Glasgow City Council, an inquiry has heard.
The fatal accident inquiry into the incident in the city centre on 22 December last year, heard at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday, found Harry Clarke had been suspended from duty by First Bus in December 2010.
He had also previously been given a formal warning over poor attendance by the company.
The council truck spun out of control after witnesses reported Mr Clarke appeared to lose consciousness at the wheel.
Erin McQuade, 18, and her grandparents Jack Sweeney, 68, and Lorraine Sweeney, 69, from Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, were struck and killed by the vehicle.
Stephenie Tait, 29, and Jacqueline Morton, 51, both from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh, also died.
Solicitor Advocate Ronald Conway, who was representing the family of one of the victims, described Mr Clarke as a “deeply unattractive candidate for Glasgow City Council”.
He asked Douglas Gellan, a cleansing services waste manager for the council, if they had known about the formal warning and whether that would have acted as a “red flag” when it came to hiring him.
Mr Conway said: “There's not the remotest chance that you would have let this man behind the wheel of a large vehicle."
Mr Gellan replied: "It's a case of not just me determining if he is fit to drive the vehicle.
"There's lots of evidence here. We would have taken it into account when making that decision."
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First minister Nicola Sturgeon at the scene
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Another tribute to the six people who lost their lives
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Tributes paid to the victims
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Six people are believed to have died in the crash
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Emergency services rush to George Sq, Glasgow, amid confusing reports
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The scene in George Square in Glasgow Scotland after it is understood a garbage truck, rear right, crashed into a group of pedestrians
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Image taken of the scene in George Sq by an onlooker
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Firemen survey the damage as evening falls
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The driver is also believed to have died, but police are not labelling the incident as "suspicious"
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Emergency services examine the vehicle
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Overlooking the tragedy the Christmas lights of Gloasgow's central shopping district shine on
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Late last night a police officer remains on the scene
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Tributes for the victims have already started to pour in
Mr Conway said Mr Clarke’s employment record at the council did not contain any reference from First Bus and suggested there had been a “blunder” somewhere along the line.
The inquiry continues.
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