Glasgow bin lorry driver who killed six people arrested for breaking driving ban

Harry Clarke, 58, is accused of getting behind the wheel of a car on 20 September

Paul Bignell
Sunday 04 October 2015 18:02
Harry Clarke, who was driving a bin lorry when it crashed killing six people, arrives at Glasgow Sheriff Court
Harry Clarke, who was driving a bin lorry when it crashed killing six people, arrives at Glasgow Sheriff Court

The driver of the bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow killing six people just before Christmas last year has been arrested over claims he drove after losing his licence for medical reasons, it has been reported.

Harry Clarke, 58, is accused of getting behind the wheel of a car on 20 September, it is understood. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A 58-year-old man was arrested in connection with alleged road traffic offences. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

A fatal accident inquiry into the lorry crash on 22 December last year heard Mr Clarke lost consciousness at the wheel of the council refuse truck.

Erin McQuade, 18, and her grandparents, Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, from Dumbarton, died from multiple injuries after being hit by the truck. Stephenie Tait, 29, and Jacqueline Morton, 51, both from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh, were also killed as the lorry travelled out of control along Queen Street and towards George Square before crashing in to the side of the Millennium Hotel.

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