Speed limiter on M2 crash coach 'was disconnected'
Tuesday 26 April 1994
The coroner, Richard Sturt, told the inquest in Dover that the limiter was supposed to restrict the coach's speed to under 70mph, but the vehicle's tachograph showed it had been travelling at 78mph. The anti-lock braking systems on the coach were also faulty, he added.
Mr Sturt was outlining evidence to the jury at the inquest into the 10 deaths. The coach crashed in wet weather on the M2 near Faversham in Kent last November. The tourists were on trips to Canterbury and Leeds Castle as part of a package holiday.
Mr Sturt told the jury: 'You will hear from witnesses who say they saw the coach driving at 70mph. However the coach tachograph shows a top speed of 78mph. Both the anti-lock brake systems at the front of the coach were faulty, and so was the warning light.'
He added that the vehicle was only fitted with single-glazed windows.
Mr Sturt said the coach driver, Leslie Golds, 54, was 'one of the most experienced drivers' employed by the Travellers Coach Company of Hounslow, west London. But he had exceeded his driving hours and the night before the crash had just four and three-quarter hours' sleep. It was Mr Golds' first time behind the wheel of that particular vehicle after a last- minute switch, he told the jury.
Mr Golds, of Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, died of crush injuries and a ruptured liver after the coach hit a van driven by Robert Marshall, of Thamesmead, south- east London. The coach slewed off the motorway and tumbled down an embankment.
The victims included Harry Faull, 65, a high school principal, and his wife, Carolyn, a teacher, from Dearborn, Michigan, both of whom died from crush injuries. Two sisters, Deborah Becnell, a lawyer, from Lafeyette, Louisiana, and Frances Hubbard, 52, a housewife, from Houston, Texas, died from crush fractures to the skull, rupture of the heart and asphyxia from crush injuries to the chest. They had taken the trip with another sister and their mother, both of whom survived.
Mr Sturt said 40 witnesses would be called during the five- day inquest, including survivors. The hearing was adjourned to today. Technical evidence is expected to be heard tomorrow.
- 3 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Kim Kardashian on Bruce Jenner's 'story': 'We support him no matter what, and I think when the time is right, he'll talk'
Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A reputable organisation within the leisure i...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£96000 - £200000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Looking for a better earning p...
£32000 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A rapidly expanding company in ...